Reading du Maurier was long considered less than a literary pursuit. John Raymond, writing in the New Statesman, once called her "a kind of poor woman's Charlotte Bronte." Kelly, writing in 1987 before du Maurier's death, declared, "The literary establishment clearly wants nothing to do with Daphne du Maurier. There are no critical essays or books about her. . . . The fact that millions of people read her novels certainly works against her approval by literary critics, who are not inclined to prize what the popular audience does."