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Rebecca; A Play in Three Acts [French's Acting Edition] by  Daphne [1907-1989] Front Cover Artwork by Mendleson Du Maurier - 1939 - from Little Stour Books PBFA and Biblio.com

Rebecca; A Play in Three Acts [French's Acting Edition]

by Du Maurier, Daphne [1907-1989] Front Cover Artwork by Mendleson

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Published by Samuel French Ltd., 26 Southampton Street, Strand, London First Acting Edition 1939. London 1939., 1939. Publisher's original Wedgwood blue card wrap covers, navy title lettering to the spine, period scraper board artwork illustration by Mendleson to the upper panel. 8vo. 8½'' x 5½''. Contains 92 printed pages of text. First performed on March 11th, 1940, at the Opera House, Manchester, starring Margaret Rutherford, Clive Woods, Celia Johnson, Dorothy Lane, Edith Sharpe, Peter Hicks, and George Thorpe, Directed by George Devine. Approximately 50% of the pages have pen notes to the margins, the reverse of the lower end paper has a list of days and dates of rehearsals. Priced 5s to the front cover, slight spine slant and with a little age toning to the edges of the lower card cover. Member of the P.B.F.A.

An orphaned young woman working as a maid is swept off her feet by a wealthy widowed Englishman, and quickly married him. But when she arrives at his estate she learns she pales in comparison with his seemingly perfect deceased first wife Rebecca, especially in the eyes of the sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. When Rebecca’s body is found on her shipwrecked boat the dark secrets held by the husband are discovered as well. Rebecca has had many adaptations in film, radio, and television, the most famous being the Academy-Award Winning Hitchcock adaptation released in 1940. Du Maurier wrote the novel in a reported 4 months. Her publisher, Gollancz, expected the book to be successful and ordered 20,000 copies for the first print run. Within a month the novel had sold twice that.  Read more: Identifying first editions of Rebecca; A Play in Three Acts [French's Acting Edition]




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  "I find Maurier's work to be expertly descriptive and eloquently expressed. "


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