Wheels of Desire: The Popular Adaptations of A.E.W. Mason’s Thrillers from 1900s to the 1930s

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/623061
Title:
Wheels of Desire: The Popular Adaptations of A.E.W. Mason’s Thrillers from 1900s to the 1930s
Authors:
Weedon, Alexis ( 0000-0002-4572-8463 ) ; Baker, William
Other Titles:
Studies in Victorian and Modern Literature: A Tribute to John Sutherland
Abstract:
In the early twentieth century, Alfred Edward Woodley Mason’s (1865-1948) stories were adapted across the media in an early form of today’s practice of transmedia publication. He wrote over twenty stories in the 1920s and 1930s and had a remarkable number of film adaptations. For literary and film historians and scholars of contemporary publishing, he is an example of a British author engaging in process of adaption as his works were transferred to the stage, “realised” by the movie studios and adapted for the new medium of BBC radio. His films were cited as “Britain’s reply to the American talkie monopoly” in 1931. Mason was not as active as some of this contemporaries in exploiting the potential of his work across the different media: authors like H.G. Wells who he commended for being involved in film, Hugh Walpole and Elinor Glyn were far more deeply engaged with the studios. However his particular gifts as a storyteller, traveller and observer of character lead him to write the film-story. And if that story was not yet structured through film grammar to keep suspense or quite with a movie’s narrative arc, the adaptations of his works were milestones in that development.  
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire; Northern Illinois University
Citation:
Weedon A (2015) 'Wheels of Desire: The Popular Adaptations of A.E.W. Mason’s Thrillers from 1900s to the 1930s', in Baker, W. (ed(s).). Studies in Victorian and Modern Literature: A Tribute to John Sutherland, edn, Vancouver, British Columbia: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press pp.61-79.
Publisher:
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Issue Date:
1-Jul-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/623061
Additional Links:
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781611476927
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
ISBN:
9781611476927
Appears in Collections:
Media and film

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dc.contributor.authorWeedon, Alexisen
dc.contributor.authorBaker, Williamen
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-08T10:01:38Z-
dc.date.available2019-01-08T10:01:38Z-
dc.date.issued2015-07-01-
dc.identifier.citationWeedon A (2015) 'Wheels of Desire: The Popular Adaptations of A.E.W. Mason’s Thrillers from 1900s to the 1930s', in Baker, W. (ed(s).). Studies in Victorian and Modern Literature: A Tribute to John Sutherland, edn, Vancouver, British Columbia: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press pp.61-79.en
dc.identifier.isbn9781611476927-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/623061-
dc.description.abstractIn the early twentieth century, Alfred Edward Woodley Mason’s (1865-1948) stories were adapted across the media in an early form of today’s practice of transmedia publication. He wrote over twenty stories in the 1920s and 1930s and had a remarkable number of film adaptations. For literary and film historians and scholars of contemporary publishing, he is an example of a British author engaging in process of adaption as his works were transferred to the stage, “realised” by the movie studios and adapted for the new medium of BBC radio. His films were cited as “Britain’s reply to the American talkie monopoly” in 1931. Mason was not as active as some of this contemporaries in exploiting the potential of his work across the different media: authors like H.G. Wells who he commended for being involved in film, Hugh Walpole and Elinor Glyn were far more deeply engaged with the studios. However his particular gifts as a storyteller, traveller and observer of character lead him to write the film-story. And if that story was not yet structured through film grammar to keep suspense or quite with a movie’s narrative arc, the adaptations of his works were milestones in that development.  en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherFairleigh Dickinson University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttps://rowman.com/ISBN/9781611476927en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectstorytellingen
dc.subjectBritish filmen
dc.subjectpublishingen
dc.subjectnovelen
dc.subjectthrilleren
dc.subject1920sen
dc.subject1930sen
dc.subjectfilm storyen
dc.subjecttransmediaen
dc.titleWheels of Desire: The Popular Adaptations of A.E.W. Mason’s Thrillers from 1900s to the 1930sen
dc.title.alternativeStudies in Victorian and Modern Literature: A Tribute to John Sutherlanden
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.contributor.departmentNorthern Illinois Universityen
dc.date.updated2019-01-08T09:37:02Z-
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