George du Maurier

Du Maurier, George Louis Palmella Busson

George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (dyōō môr´ēā), 1834–96, English artist and novelist, b. Paris of a French father and an English mother. He studied chemistry, but later turned to art for a livelihood. In spite of the loss of one eye when he was a young man, he became a successful illustrator and in 1864 joined the staff of Punch. His novels include Peter Ibbetson (1892), successfully dramatized in 1915 and later made into an opera by Deems Taylor (1931) and Trilby (1894), the story of a young model who becomes a great singer when hypnotized by the musician Svengali.

See biography by L. Ormond (1969).

Daphne Du Maurier, 1907–89, his granddaughter, was the author of several popular novels, including Jamaica Inn (1936), the best-selling Rebecca (1938; Alfred Hitchcock film, 1940), My Cousin Rachel (1951, film 1952), and The Scapegoat (1957). Collections of her short stories include The Rendezvous and Other Stories (1980, repr. 2005) and The Birds and Other Stories (2003); "The Birds," first published in 1952, inspired another Hitchcock film (1963). She also wrote two memoirs, Gerald: A Portrait (1934), about her actor father, and The Du Mauriers (1937), and plays.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

George du Maurier: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! Trilby: A Novel By George Du Maurier Harper and Brothers, 1895
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The Young George Du Maurier: A Selection of His Letters, 1860-67 By George Du Maurier; Daphne Du Maurier Doubleday, 1952
A Henry James Encyclopedia By Robert L. Gale Greenwood Press, 1989
Librarian's tip: "du Maurier, George (1834-1896)" begins on p. 188
Cyclopedia of World Authors By Dayton Kohler; Frank N. Magill Harper & Row, 1958
Librarian's tip: "George du Maurier" begins on p. 323
The Mythic Svengali: Anti-Aestheticism in 'Trilby.' By Grossman, Jonathan H Studies in the Novel, Vol. 28, No. 4, Winter 1996
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The Kingdom of Art: Willa Cather's First Principles and Critical Statements, 1893-1896 By Bernice Slote; Willa Cather University of Nebraska Press, 1966
Librarian's tip: "du Maurier's Trilby" begins on p. 362
FREE! The History of "Punch" By M. H. Spielmann Cassell and Company, 1895
Librarian's tip: Discussion of George du Maurier begins on p. 503
Victorian Literature and the Anorexic Body By Anna Krugovoy Silver Cambridge University Press, 2002
Librarian's tip: Discussion of du Maurier's Trilby begins on p. 127
A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien's Road to Faerie By Verlyn Flieger Kent State University Press, 1997
Librarian's tip: Chap. 2 "Remembrance That Never Dies"
Imaging American Women: Idea and Ideals in Cultural History By Martha Banta Columbia University Press, 1987
Librarian's tip: Discussion of du Maurier's Trilby begins on p. 160
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