Myself When Young: The Shaping of a Writer
Both her novels and her non-fiction reveal Daphne du Maurier's overwhelming desire to explore her family's history. In Myself When Young, based on diaries that she kept from 1920-1932, the most famous du Maurier probes her own past, beginning with her earliest memories and encompassing the publication of her first book and her subsequent marriage. Here, the writer is open and sometimes painfully honest about the difficult relationship with her father; her education in Paris; early love affairs; her antipathy towards London life and the theatre; her intense love for Cornwall and her desperate ambition to succeed as a writer. The resulting portrait is of a captivating and complex character.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - amy_marie26 - LibraryThing
This memoir was surprisingly light and humorous, given my past experience reading Daphne du Maurier. It was a very quick read breezing over her life, her need for solitude, her independence from her Edwardian mother, and her struggle to become an author. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Kasthu - LibraryThing
I feel as though I can never go wrong with Daphne Du Maurier’s books. Fiction, nonfiction, I haven’t run into a bad one yet. Myself When Young is a memoir based on the diaries that Du Maurier kept ... Read full review