25 June 2016 Susannah

My Cousin Rachel

Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton publicity photo in My Cousin Rachel, 1952.
Angela Du Maurier; Jeanne du Maurier; 'Muriel Beaumont', Lady Du Maurier; Daphne Du Maurier by Rita Martin

Angela Du Maurier; Jeanne du Maurier; ‘Muriel Beaumont’, Lady Du Maurier; Daphne Du Maurier by Rita Martin, bromide postcard print, circa 1912

The picture above shows Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton in a publicity photo for the 1952 movie version of My Cousin Rachel, the novel by Daphne du Maurier. The novel was published in 1951, and made into a film which was nominated for four Oscars.

There have been several other adaptations over the years including a 4-part BBC series and a radio adaption, and now a new movie version is in production. It stars Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz and Iain Glen and is scheduled for release in 2017. To learn more about the new film, click here.

The novel is very gothic and dark, and Daphne du Maurier refused ever to tell her readers if Rachel committed murder or not. I must re-read the novel before going to see the film. I recently enjoyed reading Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters by Jane Dunn. They were three rather muddled women, but all talented in their own ways.

You may enjoy viewing the 20th Century Fox publicity video for the 1952 movie version where you can “thrill to the discovery of a bright new star … Richard Burton”. Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/iL2qTmJB5WM

The 4-part BBC series is also on YouTube commencing with the first episode here: https://youtu.be/OUFhX7fYfkU

Do you remember seeing the 1952 movie or the BBC series? Did you know that Angela du Maurier, Daphne’s older sister, was also an author? Not a patch on Daphne, in my view, but you may like to try some of her books.

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment area below.

  Susannah Fullerton: Daphne du Maurier and Rebecca
  Susannah Fullerton: HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Daphne Du Maurier, 13 May
   Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
   My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
   Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
   Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier
   The Glass-Blowers by Daphne du Maurier
   Daphne du Maurier by Margaret Forster
   Daphne du Maurier and Her Sisters by Jane Dunn

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Featured image credit- Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton publicity photo in My Cousin Rachel, 1952. By Unknown – eBay, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47491628
Body image credit- Angela Du Maurier; Jeanne du Maurier; ‘Muriel Beaumont’, Lady Du Maurier; Daphne Du Maurier by Rita Martin, bromide postcard print, circa 1912. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41302672

Comments (6)

  1. Brian Doyle

    The commonest and most appalling items found between the pages of library books are morsels of food and hot beverage stains, the strangest thing I’ve ever seen used as a bookmark was an old bra strap, interesting recycling I thought.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Good grief! An old bra strap. I hate to even think how that got left in the pages of a book. Thanks for sharing such a weird book deposit.

  2. My mum would use a book that she was reading From our bookcases as a piggy bank and pop spare banknotes in between the pages. But she could never remember which bookwhen we needed a quick injection of cashs. So then we would be furiously leafing through books from the bookcase. After finding what we needed we would stop but of course there was always more to be found the next time round.
    It always led to discussing whether that particular book had been a good read etc. it was fun.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      A literary treasure hunt! That sounds like fun, and a good way to encourage children to get books off the shelf and hopefully be intrigued by them. Thanks for sharing that story.

  3. Marisa Cano

    Thanks, Susannah, for your lovely newsletter, it just gets better and better each time! I’ve read it all and clicked on every link. I recommend it to all my literature-crazy friends and look forward to the next and the next and the next.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Marisa, you’ve made my day with your lovely comment. I am delighted you enjoy my newsletter so much! It’s also great that you share it with your friends – isn’t it wonderful to have “literature-crazy” friends. I have lots of fun writing my newsletter and it is so nice to get positive feedback like yours. Many thanks.

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