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Rebecca - A Play in Three Acts.

by DU MAURIER, Daphne

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Victor Gollancz, London., 1940. First trade edition. Preceded by French's Acting Edition. Wrappers with integral flaps - issued simultaneously with the hardback. Octavo. 120 pages. The play, adapted from the author's own novel, was first performed at the Manchester Opera House with a cast which included Margaret Rutherford and Celia Johnson. It provided the basis for Hitchcock's film version. On the front cover is the ownership signature of C.R. Ashbee (1863-1942), a leading light in the Arts and Crafts Movement. Strange to relate, Du Maurier's grandfather George had been in the habit of mercilessly lampooning Ashbee and his colleagues in his cartoons for the magazine Punch.Cheap paper faintly tanned. Spine a bit darkened. Slight stain to tail of spine. Very good. Scarce.

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.


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