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  • Two Never Before Seen Poems by Daphne du Maurier Discovered Behind a Photograph

    Auctioneer, Roddy Lloyd, was organizing and taking inventory of a collection of letters and photographs of Daphne du Maurier when one photo of the young author in a bathing suit caught his eye. Upon inspecting the picture encased in a leather frame, he discovered two slips of paper tucked neatly behind the photo.

    On those two slips of paper, he found two poems by du Maurier never before seen by the public. Du Maurier may have hidden them immediately after writing them, because of their personal and radical nature.

    One poem, titled “The Song of the Happy Prostitute” addresses stereotypes surrounding the sex worker industry of the 1920s. The other discusses loneliness and melancholy. Experts analyzed the poems and concluded that she most likely wrote them during her 20’s before she published her first novel.

    The discovery of these two poems sheds a little light on the inner thoughts and beliefs of Daphne du Maurier. It also brings up a lot of questions about exactly why du Maurier decided to hide the photographs behind a photograph.

    Daphne du Maurier was a wildly popular author in her day, and after her life. Many of her novels and writings are still immensely beloved tody. Her stories such as Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, and Frenchman’s Creek are read and studied worldwide today. Du Maurier was also the literary genius behind Alfred Hitchcock’s horror phenomenon The Birds

    During her lifetime, du Maurier was a wealthy woman, a friend to the Brittish Royal Family, and the wife of a Lieutenant General. She was also a prolific author that changed the literary world forever.

    The newly discovered poems will be part of the auction of her letters and pictures that takes place on April 27, 2019. Hopefully, whoever purchases the recently discovered poetic works will have the generosity to share them with the world and allow all of us to read these early works by one of the worlds most prolific writers.

    Daphne Du Maurier’s life was fascinating, and her works were an inspiration to an entire generation of readers. Today, they astound, teach, and change the hearts of the reader. These two poems add to her already great legacy. This discovery makes for a thrilling addition to our understanding of her brilliant mind.

    The fact that this is national poetry month adds poignancy and a flair for the miraculous to this history-making discovery. So, celebrate by reading some great poetry, and studying the life of Daphne du Maurier.