Journal Article

‘The Great Cause of Cheering Us All Up’: The Adaptation of <i>The Card</i> (1952)

Tim O’sullivan

in Adaptation

Volume 6, issue 1, pages 60-77
Published in print February 2013 | ISSN: 1755-0637
Published online July 2012 | e-ISSN: 1755-0645 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/adaptation/aps018
‘The Great Cause of Cheering Us All Up’: The Adaptation of The Card (1952)

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Arnold Bennett wrote The Card: A Story of Adventure in the Five Towns, one of his most popular and enduring fictions, in late 1909 and it appeared in instalments in the Times Weekly Edition in 1910. In February 1911, when Methuen published the book, it was an instant commercial success and accelerated Bennett’s rise to popular literary fame. This article explores the adaptation of the book into a British film, released some forty years later in 1952 and considers how it epitomises some of the tensions of the post-Second World War culture.

Keywords: Arnold Bennett; The Card; adaptation; 1950s British film; conversion drama; initiation drama; nostalgia; memory; Alec Guinness

Journal Article.  7489 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature ; Film ; Television

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