Lot 296: Du Maurier, Daphne



2015-09-16 14:06:57

Lot 296: Du Maurier Daphne: (1907-1989) British Author. T.L.S., Daphne, Four Pages, 8Vo, Menabilly, Par, Cornwall, 2Nd January 1962, To 'My Dear' (Foy Quiller-Couch). Du Maurier Reports Of Having Her Usual Post-Christmas Cold, Although States That It Is Not Bad Enough To Confine Her To Bed, And Continues 'I Rather Envy You Your Christmas - Dogs And All. For The First Time Since The Children Were Born Guardsman (Her Husband, Frederick Browning) And I Spent It Alone, With Just Angela Coming To Lunch. I Missed The Family Dreadfully, But I Think Guardsman Enjoyed It, And Was In Rattling Form, Dressing A Little Tree Of Two Foot High Instead Of Twenty! I Felt Like Mrs. Darling In Peter Pan When All The Children Have Flown To The Never-Never Land (I Wonder If Your God-Father Meant This To Be Slightly Symbolic - What Happens When The Family Grow Up?)€¦.Well, Perhaps Next Year They Will All Come In A Bunch And I Shall Be Complaining To You Of My Exhaustion.' Du Maurier Also Refers To Her Former Nanny, Margaret, 'Who Was So Tricky Over The Years, But Actually Very Good When One Needed Her. Nanny Turned Up In Polruan This Year - Did I Tell You - And Came Over To Tea And Was Really Very Pleasant, And Said If Ever I Needed Her…Etc, Etc..But I Think I Would Have To Be Pretty Desperate. She Makes Children'S Soft Toys, In Her Spare Time These Days, And I Ordered Some For The Grandchildren. Apparently Rupert Tower Was So Frightened By His - A Baby Doll Dressed As Simple Simon With A Comic Nose - That He Wouldn'T Look At It. But My Little Godson Toby Luther Is Made Of Sterner Metal, And Came To Tea Brandishing It For All To See.' And In A Postscript Refers To Her Work 'P.S. I'M Beginning To Get Nerves About The Coming Out Of Castle Dor. Feel The Horrid Young Honky Breed Of Todays Critics Will Lash Out At The Old-Fashioned-Ness Of Both Father And Myself. They Only Praise Books About North Country Slums'. Three Small, Minor Stray Ink Blots Only Very Slightly Affect A Few Words Of Text, And Not The Signature, Vg Foy Quiller-Couch - Daughter Of British Writer Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944), And A Life-Long Friend Of Du Maurier. Indeed, Du Maurier Was Accompanied By Foy Quiller-Couch When She Became Inspired With The Storyline For Her Novel Jamaica Inn. In 1930, Apparently Around The Time Of The Present Letter, The Two Ladies Were Staying At Jamaica Inn And Went Riding On Bodmin Moor. They Became Lost In Bad Weather Conditions And Apparently Sheltered For Some Time In A Derelict Cottage On The Moor But Were Eventually Led Back To Jamaica Inn By Their Horses. Castle Dor Is A Historical Novel By Daphne Du Maurier, Published In 1961 After She Had Completed The Unfinished Manuscript Of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch'S Last Novel. Quiller-Couch'S Daughter, Foy, Had Given Her Blessing For Du Maurier To Complete The Work. ] International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction September 2015 Saturday, 26th September 2015 Estimate: £200-300
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