Daphne du Maurier was a famous British novelist best known for her short story "The Birds" and her classic novel Rebecca, published in 1938. Both were adapted into films by Alfred Hitchcock; Rebecca won the Oscar for best film. Du Maurier's novels generally fit into the category of the romance novel, but strayed somewhat from the typical format. Her short stories, such as "The Birds," give reign to her interest in the supernatural. Du Maurier's short stories reflect the continuing interest in and importance of the supernatural, that which lies beyond the natural and the ability of science to explain. This element has been relegated to the realm of fiction in the modern world, which artists continue to explore its importance to human life. One of the great challenges of human culture is to resolve the split between science and spirituality.