South West Reading Passport 2016: Book to the Future

Category Archives: 1930s

Gone With the Wind

In 1939 a big screen adaptation of Gone With the Wind was released starring Vivien Leigh and Clarke Gable. Celebrated as one of ‘the greatest films of all time’, the adaptation is an enduring homage to Margaret Mitchell’s novel.

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Gone With the Wind

Gone With the Wind is a 1936 novel written by Margaret Mitchell. A sweeping historical romantic novel set in the American South of the 1930s, it is a coming of age story set against the historical backdrop of the plantations in the American South.

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Margaret Mitchell

Margret Mitchell was an American author and journalist.  Although she only published one novel in her lifetime (Gone With the Wind), she is much celebrated for her depiction of the American South in the 1930s.

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The Grapes of Wrath

Protected by the United States National Film Registry in 1989 for being culturally, aesthetically and historically significant, the 1940 film adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath is celebrated as bringing new life and a deeper representation of the novel’s themes to the big screen.

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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath is a 1939 novel by John Steinbeck.

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John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was an American writer whose works which commented on the labour conditions in California have had an enduring impact on American Literature.

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The Color Purple

  Celie’s story was brought to life in 1985 with Stephen Spielberg’s film adaptation.

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The Color Purple

  The Color Purple is a 1982 novel by Alice Walker which tells the story of Celie a young African-American woman who is impoverished and abused by her father and who is forced to marry a man who does not treat her well.

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Alice Walker

  Alice Walker is an American novelist, poet and activist whose work is internationally celebrated. In the field of literature, she has written seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books as well as volumes of essays and poetry.

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The Durrells

The popular books of the ‘Corfu Trilogy’ have been adapted on a number of occasions. Notably the BBC’s 2005 adaptation My Family and Other Animals starring Imelda Staunton and ITV’s 2016 adaptation The Durrells starring Keeley Hawes.

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