Rebecca by Daphne du MaurierLast night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a ladys maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives--presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
Film 3: Rebecca (1940)
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These memorable opening lines evocatively set the scene for Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier's popular novel, Hitchcock's first American film project and winner.
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Well, this is really a tour of Menabilly, the place on which Manderley is based. But it's better than nothing. This site is loaded with all things Daphne du Maurier, and answers to many of the questions you may have about her life and work. This adaptation stars Lawrence Olivier as Maxim de Winter. It's not nearly as dark as the book, and changes some key elements of the plot, but it's Hitchcock, so it's clearly pretty awesome.