Myself When Young
The Shaping of a Writer
Publication Date: April 2004
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Both in her novels and her memoirs, Daphne du Maurier revealed an ardent desire to explore her family’s history. In Myself When Young, based on diaries she kept between 1920 and 1932, du Maurier probes her own past, beginning with her earliest memories and encompassing the publication of her first book and her marriage. Often painfully honest, she recounts her difficult relationship with her father, her education in Paris, her early love affairs, her antipathy towards London life, and her desperate ambition to succeed as a writer. The resulting self-portrait is of a complex, utterly captivating young woman.
Patrick McGrath was born in London in 1950. His works include "Blood and Water and Other Tales," "The Grotesque," "Spider," "Dr. Haggard's Disease," "Asylum" (which was short-listed for the 1996 "Guardian" Fiction Prize and made into a feature film), "Martha Peake," and "Port Mungo," His most recent novel is "Trauma" (April 2008). He lives in London and New York with his wife, Maria Aitken.
Helen Taylor is an active participant in the Daphne du Maurier Festival and is the author of "Circling Dixie: Contemporary Southern Culture Through a Transatlantic Lens;" "Gender, Race, and Region in the Writings of Grace King, Ruth McEnery Stuart, and Kate Chopin;" and "Scarlett's Women: Gone With the Wind and Its Female Fans."