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The war of the worlds : from H. G. Wells to Orson Welles, Jeff Wayne, Steven Spielberg et beyond.

Author: Peter J Beck
Publisher: London Bloomsbury Academic 2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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First published in 1897, H.G. Wells's alien invasion narrative The War of the Worlds was a landmark work of science fiction and one that continues to be adapted and referenced in the 21st century. Chronicling the novel's contexts, its origins and its many multi-media adaptations, this book is a complete biography of the life - and the afterlives - of The War of the Worlds. Exploring the original text's compelling  Read more...
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Named Person: Steven / 1946- / Criticism and interpretation Spielberg; H G / (Herbert George) / 1866-1946 / Adaptations Wells; Herbert G Wells
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter J Beck
ISBN: 9781474229876 1474229875 9781474229906 1474229905 9781474229890 1474229891
OCLC Number: 959639826
Accession No: (DE-604)BV043756454
Description: xix, 383 Seiten : Illustrationen, Diagramme
Contents: List of Tables List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Preface List of Abbreviations Herbert George Wells: chronology H.G. Wells: Books published, 1895-1900 Map: H.G. Wells and The War of the Worlds Part I: Introduction 1. H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds: an enduring present-day story 2. Wells's powerful sense of place 3. Wells's strong sense of time: contextualising The Warof the Worlds Part II: Writing and publishing The War of the Worlds 4.Wells's personal setting 5. Struggling for recognition as a new writer 6. Wells's 'literary factory' in Woking 7. Writing The War of the Worlds 8. The War of the Worlds: storyline and methodology 9. Leaving Woking for Worcester Park Part III: Taking Wells's The War of the Worlds to the world in an ever-expanding range of multimedia adaptations 10. The War of the Worlds's multimedia afterlife 11. Wells's Martians invade Boston and New York: serialising The War of the Worlds in American newspapers, 1897-98 12. Wells's Martians invade the USA yet again: Orson Welles' 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast 13. 'Those Men from Mars' invade the Americas and Europe again and again after 1938: the power of radio drama 14. The War of the Worlds reaches cinema and television screensaround the world: the Hollywood films of 1953 and 2005 15. The War of the Worlds inspires Jeff Wayne's rock opera and reaches the music stage around the world Part IV: The War of the Worlds's Literary Heritage 16. The War of the Worlds's literary heritage Part V: Conclusion 17. Conclusion Bibliography Index
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First published in 1897, H.G. Wells's alien invasion narrative The War of the Worlds was a landmark work of science fiction and one that continues to be adapted and referenced in the 21st century. Chronicling the novel's contexts, its origins and its many multi-media adaptations, this book is a complete biography of the life - and the afterlives - of The War of the Worlds. Exploring the original text's compelling sense of place and vivid recreation of Wells's Woking home and the concerns of fin-de-siecle Britain, the book goes on to chart the novel's immediate international impact. Starting with the initial serialisations in US newspapers, Peter Beck goes on to examine Orson Welles's legendary 1938 radio adaptation, TV and film adaptations from George Pal to Steven Spielberg, Jeff Wayne's rock opera and the numerous other works that have taken their inspiration from Wells's original. Drawing on new archival research, this is a comprehensive account of the continuing impact of The War of the Worlds.

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This history of a classic novel, traced from the first inspiration through to twenty-first-century adaptations, is also an engaging portrait of the young Wells in the crucial year he spent at Woking: Read more...

 
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