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Writers, Readers, and ReputationsLiterary Life in Britain 1870-1918$
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Philip Waller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541201.001.0001

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Back to the Future: Authors at the Movies

Back to the Future: Authors at the Movies

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(p.3) 1 Back to the Future: Authors at the Movies
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Writers, Readers, and Reputations
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Philip Waller (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541201.003.0001

This chapter assesses how authors reacted to the advent of cinema in the first two decades of the 20th century, as the supremacy of the written word over the imagination came under challenge. Many writers eagerly embraced the new medium, and saw it as an additional source of profit and popularity when their stories were adapted for films. Some were even hired as screen-writers and invited to Hollywood. However, friction arose over royalty payments and over distortions and simplifications of writers' work. J. M. Barrie, Arnold Bennett, Hall Caine, Elinor Glyn, Rider Haggard, Thomas Hardy, Anthony Hope, D. H. Lawrence, Compton Mackenzie, Somerset Maugham, E. Phillips Oppenheimer, and Baroness Orczy, are among the authors featured.

Keywords:   cinema, screen-writers, hollywood, royalty payments

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