Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy 150th birthday, Woman in White.

On this day 150 years ago, the first serial part of Wilkie Collins's The Woman in Whiteoften regarded as the first mystery novelappeared in the periodical All the Year Round (published by Charles Dickens). Some appropriate links:

Clip from the 1997 BBC adaptation of The Woman in White starring Tara Fitzgerald as Marian (referred to as Fairlie in the production, whereas her surname in the book is Halcombe)

Clip from The Woman in White (1948) starring Gig Young as struggling art teacher Walter Hartright

• Preview trailer from Andrew Lloyd Webber's short-lived version of The Woman in White

• Michael Crawford as Count Fosco sings "You Can Get Away with Anything" from the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of The Woman in White

(Hat tip to Paul Lewis. About the photo: Wilkie Collins, bet. 1880 and 1890. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

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