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The Doll by Daphne du Maurier.. These lost short stories from the horror shock priestess of “Don’t Look Now” fame are an odd, intriguing lot. Remember: when du Maurier means to be bad, watch out!

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"In the delectably florid title story from this roundup of du Maurier’s neophyte efforts, a sadomasochistic violinist taunts a suitor with a satyrlike boy toy she calls Julio. Written around 1928, when du Maurier was in her early 20s, this enigmatic portrait of strangulated sexuality underscores the precociously cynical mien of a youthful author who, it would seem, had already tested the waters of romantic intimacy and beaten a scornful retreat. The women depicted in this unremittingly fatalistic collection are either corrupted by scoundrels, in denial over marriages in free fall or, in the case of a naïve teenager ensnared by her mother’s lecherous lover, suffering the collateral damage of another woman’s myopia."

The New York Times

"This collection of early stories, some originally published in a now out-of-print volume, vividly portrays with humor, candidness, and detail du Maurier’s fascination with the problems of human connection, particularly when it comes to love."

Publishers Weekly

Author bio: Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) has been called one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. Among her more famous works are The Scapegoat, Jamaica Inn, Rebecca, and the short story The Birds, all of which were subsequently made into films, the latter three directed by Alfred Hitchcock. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (224 pp. Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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