Dame Daphne du Maurier (1907 – 1989) was an English author and playwright.

Although she is classed as a romantic novelist, her stories have been described as "moody and resonant" with overtones of the paranormal.

She was born in London, the middle of three daughters of prominent actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and actress Muriel Beaumont. Her father was known to be very abusive. Her mother was a maternal niece of journalist, author, and lecturer William Comyns Beaumont. Du Maurier married Major Frederick "Boy" Browning in 1932. They had three children

Her bestselling works were not at first taken seriously by critics, but have since earned an enduring reputation for narrative craft. Many have been successfully adapted into films, including the novels 'Rebecca', 'My Cousin Rachel', and 'Jamaica Inn', and the short stories 'The Birds and Don't Look Now' and 'Not After Midnight'.

Du Maurier spent much of her life in Cornwall, where most of her works are set. As her fame increased, she became more reclusive. Biographers have noted that du Maurier's marriage was at times somewhat chilly and that she could be aloof and distant to her children, when immersed in her writing.

Her husband died in 1965 and soon after Daphne moved to Kilmarth, near Par, Cornwall, which became the setting for The House on the Strand. Du Maurier has often been painted as a frostily private recluse who rarely mixed in society or gave interviews.

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