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The Du Maurier family's influence on English

Eleanor Maier, OED

June 2, 2011

The Du Maurier family had several illustrious members. Daphne Du Maurier (1907-1989) is now probably the best-known, a prolific novelist whose writing inspired such films as Rebecca, Don’t Look Now, and The Birds.  Daphne’s father Gerald Du Maurier (1873-1934), in turn, was a famous actor and theatre manager. However, it was Daphne’s grandfather, George Du Maurier (1834-1896), who, through the words he introduced to the English language, may end up having the most enduring legacy.

In this article, Eleanor Maier looks at the influence of the Du Maurier family on the English language.