Rebecca

Publishing history and reception

Du Maurier delivered the manuscript to her publisher, Victor Gollancz, in April 1938. On receipt, the book was read in Gollancz's office and her "editor, Norman Collins, reported simply: 'The new Daphne du Maurier contains everything that the public could want.'"[2] Gollancz's "reaction to Rebecca was relief and jubilation" and "a 'rollicking success' was predicted by him."[10] He "did not hang around" and "ordered a first print run of 20,000 copies and within a month Rebecca had sold more than twice that number."[2] The novel has been continuously in print since 1938 and in 1993 "du Maurier's US publishers Avon estimated ongoing monthly paperback sales of Rebecca at more than 4,000 copies."[2]

Promotion

Du Maurier "did several radio interviews with BBC and other stations" and "attended Foil's Literary Lunch" in August 1938 while Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, and House & Garden published articles on du Maurier.[11]

Contemporary reception in the professional and popular press

The Times said that "the material is of the humblest...nothing in this is beyond the novelette." In the Christian Science Monitor of 14 September 1938, V. S. Pritchett predicted the novel "would be here today, gone tomorrow."[2]

Few critics saw in the novel what the author wanted them to see: the exploration of the relationship between a man who was powerful and a woman who was not.[12]

Subsequent popular reception

Print history

Rebecca is listed in the 20th-Century American Bestsellers descriptive bibliography database maintained by the University of Illinois. The entry, by Katherine Huber, provided the detailed information on the English and American editions as well as translations listed below.

English editions

Edition Edition date and place Publisher and press # Impressions Printing/Impression Date of Printing # Copies Price
English 1st August 1938, London Gollancz At least 9 1st August 1938 20,000
English 1st August 1938, London Gollancz At least 9 2nd 1938 10,000
English 1st August 1938, London Gollancz At least 9 3rd 1938 15,000
English 1st August 1938, London Gollancz At least 9 4th 1938 15,000
American 1st September 1938, NY Doubleday Doran and Company, Inc. at the Country Life Press in Garden City, NY At least 10 1st Before publication in 1938 $2.75 US
American 1st September 1938, NY Doubleday Doran and Company, Inc. at the Country Life Press in Garden City, NY At least 10 2nd Before publication in 1938 $2.75 US
American 1st September 1938, NY Doubleday Doran and Company, Inc. at the Country Life Press in Garden City, NY At least 10 3rd Before publication in 1938 $2.75 US
American 1st September 1938, NY Doubleday Doran and Company, Inc. at the Country Life Press in Garden City, NY At least 10 4th 4 October 1938 $2.75 US
American 1st September 1938, NY Doubleday Doran and Company, Inc. at the Country Life Press in Garden City, NY At least 10 5th 7 October 1938 $2.75 US
American 1st September 1938, NY Doubleday Doran and Company, Inc. at the Country Life Press in Garden City, NY At least 10 6th 17 October 1938 $2.75 US
American 1st September 1938, NY Doubleday Doran and Company, Inc. at the Country Life Press in Garden City, NY At least 10 7th Between 18 October and 10 November 1938 $2.75 US
American 1st September 1938, NY Doubleday Doran and Company, Inc. at the Country Life Press in Garden City, NY At least 10 8th 11 November 1938 $2.75 US
American 1st September 1938, NY Doubleday Doran and Company, Inc. at the Country Life Press in Garden City, NY At least 10 9th 18 November 1938 $2.75 US
29 subsequent editions Between 1939–1993 Doubleday Doran and Company, Inc.
1938 Blakiston Co.
1938 Book League of America
1938 J.G. Ferguson
1938 Literary Guild of America
1938 P.F. Collier & Son, Corp
1939 Ladies' Home Journal (condensed)
1940 Garden City Publishing Co.
1941 Editions for the Armed Services
1941 Sun Dial Press
1942 Triangle Books
1943 The Modern Library
1943 Pocket Books
1945 Ryeson Press
1947 Albatross
1950 Studio
1953 Cardinal
1954 International Collector's Library
1957 Longmans
1960 Ulverscroft
1962 Penguin Books
1965 Washington Square Press
1971 Avon Books
1975 Pan Books
1980 Octopus/Heinemann (published with Jamaica Inn and My Cousin Rachel, also by du Maurier)
1987 The Franklin Library
1991 The Folio Society
1992 Arrow
1993 Compact
1994 Reader's Digest Association (condensed)

Translations

Language Translator Year Title Publisher
Chinese 1972 Hi Tieh Meng Tíai-nan, Tíai-wan: Hsin shih chi chíu pan she
Chinese 1979 Hu die meng Taibie, Taiwan: Yuan Jing
Chinese 1980 Hu tieh meng: Rebecca Hsin-chich (Hong Kong): Hung Kuang she tien
11 other editions in Chinese
French 1939 Rebecca: roman Paris: A. Michel
French 1975 Rebecca Paris: Club Chez Nous
French 1984 Rebecca Paris: Librairie Generale Francaise
Italian 1940 Rebecca: la prima moglie Milano: A. Mondadori
Japanese 1939 Rebekka Tokyo: Mikasa Shobo
Japanese 1949 Rebekka: Wakaki Musume No Shuki Tokyo: Daviddosha
Japanese 1971 Rebekka Tokyo: Shincosta
Russian 1991 Rebekka: roman Riga: Folium
Russian 1992 Rebekka Riga: Riya
Russian 1992 Rebekka: roman Izhevsk: Krest
Russian 1992 Rebekka Moska. Dom
Russian 1992 Rebekka: roman Kiev: muza
German 1940 Rebecca: Roman Hamburg: Deutsch Hausbucherei
German 1940 Rebecca: Roman Saarbrücken: Clubder Buchfreunde
German 1946 Rebecca: Roman Hamburg: Wolfgang Kruger
German 1994 Rebecca: Roman Wien: E. Kaiser
8 other German editions
Portuguese 1977 Rebecca, a mulher inesquecivel São Paulo: Companhia Editura Nacional
Spanish 1965 Rebeca, una mujer inolvidable Mexico: Editora Latin Americana
Spanish 1969 Rebeca Mexico: Eiditorial Diana
Spanish 1971 Rebeca Barcelona: Plaza and Jane
Spanish 1976 Rebeca Barcelona: Orbis
Spanish 1991 Rebeca Madrid: Ediciones La Nave
Persian 1980 Rebecca Iran: Amir Kabir Printing Co.
Persian 1990 Ribika Tehran: Nashr-i Jahnnama
Hungarian Ruzitska Mária A Manderley ház asszonya Singer és Wolfner Irodalmi Intézet Rt.
Hungarian Ruzitska Mária 1986 A Manderley ház asszonya Európa Könyvkiadó
Hungarian Ruzitska Mária 2011 A Manderley ház asszonya Gabo
Romanian 1993 Rebecca: Roman Bucuresti: Editura Orizonturi
Romanian Mihnea Columbeanu 2012 Rebecca Bucuresti: Editura Orizonturi
Polish 1993 Rebeka Katowice: Od Nowa
Greek 1960 Revekka: mytgustirema Athenai: Ekdosies Dem, Darema
Latvian 1972 Rebeka: romans Bruklina: Gramatudraugs
Dutch 1941 Rebecca Leiden: AW Sijthoff
1977 Rebecca Tihran: Amir Kabir
1996 Mrtva a Ziva: [Rebeka] Liberac: Dialog

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