ABOUT SVENGALI AND TRILBY
The names Svengali and Trilby come from George du Maurier's best-selling Victorian novel Trilby. In the 1890s it sold more than 200,000 copies in the USA alone.
It tells the story of a group of young English artists living in a Paris studio, looked after by an Irish girl named Trilby who darned their socks and did other tasks for them, including modelling. One day Trilby disappeared and they thought she must have gone home to Ireland.
But some months later, when they went to the opera, they got a big surprise.
When the curtain rose, the star was standing there. It was Trrilby! She sang beautifully but at the end of the opera she was hurried away by a sinister bearded, man - Svengali.
Svengali had hypnotised Trilby to become an opera star, but when her performance was over each night, Svengali took her home and made her scrub his floors.
The young artists rescued Trilby.
In one stage-adaptation, the star playing Trilby wore a short-brimmed hat which came to be known world-wide as the Trilby.
The Svengali Press is named thus because we promise to make any writer a star!
Our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org au is a tribute to the Irish girl, Trilby.