George du Maurier Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

CRITICISM

Carey, Rebecca A. “J. M. Barrie and the Du Mauriers.” Mythlore, 15, No. 4 (Summer 1989): 40-42.

Shows how J. M. Barrie's relationship with the Du Maurier family influenced his creation of Barrie's play Peter Pan.

Kelly, Richard. “The Martian: Autobiographical Fantasy.” In his George Du Maurier, pp. 125-53. Boston: Twayne, 1983, 179 p.

An in-depth analysis of The Martian,focusing on the characters of Barty Josselin and Bob Maurice, the theme of aesthetic perfection, and Du Maurier's fear of blindness.

Kelly, Richard. “Trilby: The Influence of Murger.” In his George Du Maurier, pp. 87-123. Boston: Twayne, 1983, 179 p.

An in-depth analysis of Du Maurier's Trilby, including discussion of theme, characterization, and the book's reception.

McCail, R. C. “The Genesis of Du Maurier's Trilby,Forum for Modern Language Studies, XIII, No. 1 (January 1977): 12-15.

Explains how Du Maurier got the idea for his novel Trilby from reading Thackeray's novel Pendennis.

Purcell, L. Edward. “Trilby and Trilby-Mania: The Beginning of the Bestseller System.” Journal of Popular Culture, XI, No. 1 (Summer 1977): 62-76.

Discusses the success of Trilbyand how, as an example of the burgeoning bestseller system, its popularity, in book form and on the stage, fostered fads and lawsuits.

Additional coverage of George Du Maurier's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 153: Late-Victorian and Edwardian British Novelists, First Series and Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 178: British Fantasy and Science-Fiction Writers before World War I.