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What historical events influenced the writing of the book Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier? 

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The 1938 publication of Du Maurier's work was poised between two specific historical realities that influence the book.  The book's fundamental dilemma between the past and the present/ future is a dominant theme.  The challenge that Mrs. de Winter feels in trying to measure up to Rebecca 's past is one that can be seen in the historical context of the work.  The looming figure of the past can be seen as the shadow of...

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