25 October, 2021

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Opening Lines

Rebecca
Daphne du Maurier

Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again”

is the opening line of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel Rebecca.  A classic novel containing crime, romance, and mystery, it was du Mauriers’ fifth published work, and the one for which she is most famous.

The opening line stands out for a number of reasons, most notably that the identity of the speaker is never revealed.  Personally, I love the line because it immediately introduces the reader to one of the books most intriguing characters.  Manderley, the English country estate owned by the widower Maxim de Winter, is every bit as much a character of the story, as the woman the book was named after.

Written nearly seventy-five years ago Rebecca still remains one of the greatest gothic mysteries ever written.

-Lisa Emig

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