Du Maurier, George (1834-1896) by Scholes, Robert

George Du Maurier (1834-1896) He was born in Paris of a French father and an English mother. He studied chemistry, but later turned to art for a livelihood. In spite of the loss of one eye when he was a young man, he became a successful illustrator and in 1864 joined the staff of Punch. His novels include (1892), successfully dramatized in 1915 and later made into an opera by Deems Taylor (1931) and (1894), the story of a young model who becomes a great singer when hypnotized by the musician Svengali. He was highly praised by Haldane Macfall in . As a cartoonist, he ranged from fantasy to satire, with a strong gift for capturing the social scene around him. and occasionally, as his vision of the “telephonoscope” demonstrates, a knack for anticipating future developments. Peter Ibbetson Trilby NA 4.12:248-49

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