• Voici un livre qui paraît modeste et qui est pourtant un des plus beaux que nous ait offert la littérature anglaise. Un roman d'amour qui raconte la passion impossible qu'une femme et un homme (emprisonné injustement et à vie) se vouent et qui vont devoir se réfugier dans le monde du rêve (le "rêver-vrai") pour vivre leur bonheur. Du Maurier ne se savait pas romancier, il confia son idée de sujet à son ami Henry James qui l'invita à se lancer et à ne pas abandonner une si belle idée. C'est donc en "amateur" et avec une belle naïveté que l'auteur s'est lancé dans cette aventure littéraire qui fascina les surréalistes et tous ceux que l'onirisme fascine. On sort de ce livre, paru en 1892 mais tellement "neuf" dans son regard sur l'amour, comme lustré de beauté et de joie.

    Né d'une famille française émigrée en Angleterre sous la Révolution, George Du Maurier (1834-1896) grandit dans une maison des Champs-Élysées, puis à Boulogne, des lieux qui le hanteront. De retour à Londres, en 1860, il passe de la chimie à l'art, travaillant à Punch et au Harper's Magazine fustigeant en mots et en images la classe dominante et la petite bourgeoisie. On lui doit Peter Ibbetson, Trilby, sur sa vie de bohème, et un posthume The Martian. Ses nouvelles ont été éditées en 1947.

  • In the Latin Quarter of Paris, Trilby O'Ferrall - graceful, charming and innocent - is working as an artist's model. Her ingenuous nature makes her the perfect prey for the cruel magnetism of the demonic musician Svengali, under whose spell she falls. Using hypnotic powers Svengali shapes her into a virtuoso singer and soon she becomes Europe's most captivating soprano. But her golden voice, and even her life, will become fatally tied to him. With its thrilling plot and legendary villain, Trilby caused a sensation when it appeared in 1894, spawning songs, shoes and, most famously, the Trilby hat. Yet it is also a fascinating portrayal of its times, holding up a mirror to fin de siecle obsessions with sexuality, mesmerism and the occult.

  • First published in 1894, the story of the diva Trilby O'Ferrall and her mesmeric mentor, Svengali, has entered the popular imagination. George Du Maurier's drawings for the novel form part of its appeal - this edition includes his most significant illustrations. - ;'You shall see nothing, hear nothing, think of nothing but Svengali, Svengali, Svengali!'

    First published in 1894, the story of the diva Trilby O'Ferrall and her mesmeric mentor, Svengali, has entered the mythology of the time alongside Dracula and Sherlock Holmes.

    Immensely popular for a number of years, the novel led to a hit play, a series of popular films, and the trilby hat. The setting of the story reflects the author's bohemian years as an art student in Paris; indeed James McNeill Whistler was to recognize himself in one of the early serialized instalments. George Du Maurier was a celebrated caricaturist for Punch magazine and his drawings for the novel form part of its appeal - this edition includes his most significant
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