Academic Questions

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 435–437 | Cite as

All’s Fair in Love and War?

  • Carol Iannone

A new multi-part television dramatization of William Makepeace Thackeray’s nineteenth century novel Vanity Fair distributed by Britain’s ITV network in 2018 set me to reviewing previous adaptations. Lively, voracious, life-seizing scourge of all pieties, protagonist Rebecca Sharp has been an irresistible draw for readers, audiences, viewers, and actresses alike, and her story has been dramatized in many forms. There have been three radio adaptations, one as recent as 2004, both on American and British stations. There were four silent film adaptations, from 1911 to 1923. A play, Becky Sharp, by Langdon Mitchell, dates back to the 1890s and starred the legendary Mrs. (Minnie Maddern) Fiske. (A photo from 1910 suggests she persisted in the role, All about Eve-like, long after her prime.) Mitchell’s play became a film in 1935 starring an eager, glittery-eyed Miriam Hopkins and directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Another, modern dress version featured a beautiful but bland Myrna Loy three years...

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  • Carol Iannone
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  1. 1.New YorkUSA

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