Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier - 1940s Edition of the Modern Library Series circa 1943
A thrilling story which holds the reader's interest from the first page right through the last chapter. Daily Democrat Book Review, November 1938
First published in 1938, Rebecca was Daphne Du Maurier's most well-known book. An immediate bestseller, it won the National Book Award for Favorite Novel of 1938 as well as a host of accolades from book critics and reviewers around the country.
Capturing readers' attention across multiple genres including romance, suspense, brit lit, and gothic fiction. It's the story of a young bride who marries an affluent widower and takes up residence at his expansive estate in the English countryside only to be surrounded by the haunting memories of his mysterious first wife, Rebecca. There's the menacing housekeeper, the strange man that lives in the cottage on the estate, the suffocating pedestal-singing praises of Rebecca and her tragic death. And there's the descriptions of Manderley - the English estate, the Monte Carlo meet cute, and the lovely French Riviera honeymoon that introduces the story. We won't share any more so as not to give away the plot completely only to say there are some unexpected twists and turns in the story that you might never see coming. A page-turner from the very beginning.
Since its debut, Rebecca has never been out of print, making it especially fun for collectors, as there is a wide variety of cover art adorning various editions. This edition was published in 1943 for Random House's Modern Library Series. It contains its original dust jacket designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954), a well-known American artist who illustrated many book covers for the Modern Library series.
Also included in this volume is a series of catalog notations and a library pocket, as it was donated to the Hartford Public Library (Hartford, CT) in 1975. There it was held in circulation through the 1980s.
A wonderful suspenseful novel to dive into during the haunting month of October, this book will stay with you long after you finish. And for movie fans, there are two versions that you'll want to watch after you read the book - Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 classic starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine and the recent 2020 release starring Lily James and Kristen Scott Thomas.
- Modern Library Series book published in 1943 (unstated)
- 357 pages
- Original dust jacket with art by Edward McKnight Kauffer
- Ex-library book
In good vintage condition. The dust jacket is completely intact. It bears some edge wear (scuffing) due to age and contains one small rip near the top edge on the back cover. There are some library notations on one title page written in pencil and a library pocket and issue date label pasted on the endpaper at back. The front and back cover board bear tape mark residue. The spine is tight and all pages are intact except for one blank page that was torn out of the back. This missing page does not affect the story in any way. Please see photos.
Measures 5" inches (width x 7.25" inches (length) x 1" inch (thickness) and weighs 13 oz.