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The Birds Essay & Criticism

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Critical Overview

By the time her short story collection The Apple Tree: A Short Novel and Some Stories (1952), published in America as Kiss Me Again, Stranger (1953) and later as The Birds, and Other Stories (1963) appeared, du Maurier was a well established commercial success. As Nina Auerbach notes in her article on the author for British Writers, du Maurier did not receive much attention from scholars who deemed her work "too readable to be literary." The publication of The Apple Tree: A Short Novel and Some Stories in 1952, which contained her masterful short story "The Birds," however, earned her praise from critics as well as the public. After the publication of Not After Midnight, and Other Stories (1971), republished as Don't Look Now (1971), along with the appearance of Margaret Forster's biography in 1993, du Maurier's literary reputation grew to the point that many scholars now echo Auerbach's assessment that she is "an author...

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