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Enchanted Cornwall: Her Pictorial Memoir Paperback – August 4, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (August 4, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718134788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718134785
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,585,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In a memoir that appealingly unites text and photographs of her much-loved Cornwall, British author du Maurier, who recently died at age 82, writes in the richly imaginative style that has distinguished her novels: Frenchmen's Creek , Rebecca , Jamaica Inn et al. Heightening du Maurier's impressions of place, Wright's crisp color plates show the sites that inspired the writer to create romance, mystery and terror. Also provided are maps to the wild woods, decayed buildings and great houses traversed here. We learn many tidbits--for example, that Menabilly, the Cornwall home in which the writer lived with her husband and children, was the model for Manderley in My Cousin Rachel . The book is a treasure for du Maurier fans.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

More than just a memoir, this is a history of du Maurier's love affair with Cornwall. In this last work, completed just before her death in April 1989, she interrupts a sketchy outline of her life with passages from such works a Frenchman's Creek, Jamaica Inn, and Rebecca to show the influence of the rugged mythical landscape on her imagination and storytelling. In addition, appropriate pictures of the countryside, harbors, and buildings are included to further convey the mystical quality of the area. The effect is less than successful, however. The text shifts abruptly from exposition to the excerpted passages, leaving the reader confused. While it is interesting to know the source of du Maurier's inspiration, the book leans too heavily on these selections.
-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Daphne du Maurier was born in 1906 and educated at home and in Paris. She began writing in 1928, and many of her bestselling novels were set in Cornwall, where she lived for most of her life. She was made a DBE in 1969 and died in 1989.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nash Black VINE VOICE on July 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Daphne Du Maurie's ENCHANTED CORNWALL shares with her readers to life she lead, the source of her ideas, the history behind many elements in her stories and her love for Cornwall where she spent so much of her life.
Super illustrations envoke the feeling of the land. Excerpts from her works take the reader on a mental trip into the eons and mists of time.
If you enjoyed her novels ENCHANTED CORNWALL is a fantastic addition to your pleasure.
Nash Black, author of SANDPRINTS OF DEATH.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vera Bowles on May 31, 2012
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The book is damaged, but I decided to keep it as it is out of print. I had it repaired locally (first 16 pages were loose) and asked Amazon to credit my account if they felt it was due to me. I am disappointed to not have even received any reply to this communication. Of course, I am delighted with the book, but not the service.
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This is a fabulous book about the author's love of Cornwall, along with some wonderful pictures. It was interesting and intriguing to back in time and read all about this beautiful area and why she loved it so.

The online bookstore I purchased it from was wonderful and had this book priced quite reasonably. It arrived quickly and wrapped to protect not just the book, but the dustcover as both are fairly old.
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