RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 276
Extent1 item
TitleAngela du Maurier: letter to Mrs Powers
DescriptionLetter from Angela Du Maurier to Mrs Powers relating to media reception of novel 'The perplexed heart', 9 Jul [1939].
Admin HistoryAngela du Maurier (1904-2002) was the eldest of the three du Maurier sisters, and the elder of Daphne by three years. Originally aspiring to follow the family tradition of acting, she planned to be an actress and spent two seasons on the stage. During the Second World War, she ran a market garden with her sister, Jeanne, in Cornwall. In the 1930s, she began to write her first novel 'The Little Less', which was initially rejected by publishers due to its lesbian storyline. She published eleven books in total, including two volumes of autobiography 'It's Only the Sister' (1951) and 'Old Maids Remember'. Her works of fiction include 'The Little Less', 'The Road to Leenane', 'Pilgrims by the Way', 'The Perplexed Heart', 'Reveille' and 'Treveryan'. She lived at Ferryside, the family house in Cornwall, for most of her life. Angela du Maurier met her 'twin' (they shared the same first name and date of birth) and partner Angela Halliday in 1930.

Nothing is known about Mrs Powers. The letter suggests she is an admirer of Angela Du Maurier's writing.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialThe library holds the following papers relating to Daphne du Maurier and her family, EUL MS 144, 206, 207, 276, 301, 307, 341, 342, 346, 351, 354, 359, 363, 400, 456, 462 463, 464. Other papers of Daphne du Maurier, particularly her letters, are held at many other repositories including the following: Bath Reference Library; Bodleian Library; BBC Written Archives Centre; British Library Department of Manuscripts; Cambridge University Library; Eton College Library; Manchester University (John Rylands Library); National Library of Scotland; Princeton University Library Manuscripts Division, USA; Rhodes House Library; University of Durham Library; University of Bradford Library; University of Bristol Library; University of Warwick (Modern Records Centre); West Yorkshire Archive Service. Sound recordings of interviews with du Maurier are held at the British Library National Sound Archive. Papers relating to George du Maurier are held at the following repositories: Pierpont Morgan Library, USA; Huntington Library, USA; Victoria and Albert Museum (National Art Library); National Library of Scotland; Dorset County Museum. Papers relating to Guy du Maurier (1865-1915) are held at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, USA. A duplicate copy of the Sylvia Llewelyn-Davies memorial photograph album (EUL MS 207/3/1) is held at the National Portrait Gallery.
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
ArrangementSingle item.
Finding_AidsListed. See Description.
Creator_NameMaurier; Angela du (1904-2002); writer
Mgt_GroupLiterary papers
DS/UK/183Maurier; Angela du (1904-2002); writer1904-2002
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