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The Bat

By: Avery Hopwood And Mary Roberts Rinehart
Published By: Double9 Books
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Lincoln Wagenhals and Collin Kemper originally staged Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood's three-act play The Bat in 1920. Cornelia Van Gorder and her guests spend a rainy night at her leased summer home looking for stolen money they think is concealed there while being followed by a disguised intruder known as "the Bat." This is a comedy with mystery elements. At the conclusion of the last act, The Bat's identity is made known. The Circular Staircase, a 1908 mystery novel by Rinehart, served as the inspiration for the original play's plot. In order to adapt the story for the stage, Rinehart and Hopwood added the titular antagonist. The Selig Polyscope Company, who produced the 1915 motion picture adaptation of the book with the same name, The Circular Staircase, engaged in a legal battle over the film rights as a result of the relationship to the book. The piece premiered as The Bat at the Morosco Theatre on Broadway on August 23, 1920, after performing as A Thief in the Night during previews. Both critically and financially successful, The Bat. There were 327 performances in London and 867 in New York, and various road companies toured the show to other cities

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Avery Hopwood And Mary Roberts Rinehart

James Avery Hopwood was an American writer of the Jazz Age who lived from May 28, 1882, until July 1, 1928. In 1920, he had four plays running on Broadway concurrently. Hopwood was born on May 28, 1882, in Cleveland, Ohio, to James and Jule Pendergast Hopwood. In 1900, he received his diploma from Cleveland's West High School. He started going to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1901. He transferred to Adelbert College during his second year, nevertheless, due to his family's financial issues. In the fall of 1903, he returned to the University of Michigan, where he later earned a Phi Beta Kappa degree in 1905. Hopwood began his career as a writer for the Cleveland Leader as its New York correspondent, but within a year, with the help of playwright Channing Pollock, he had his first play, Clothes (1906), performed on Broadway. Hopwood eventually earned the moniker "The Playboy Playwright" and was noted for his comedies and farces, some of which had content that was at the time deemed risqué. One play, The Demi-Virgin from 1921, which featured suggestive themes and a racy card game called "Stripping Cupid," led to a legal dispute.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 202 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9357276378
  • ISBN-13: 9789357276375
  • Item Weight: 242.4g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 11.4 mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Reading age : 10+
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General