Abstract

This article traces the various attempts made since the 1940s to represent the fiction of James Leslie Mitchell, better known by his pen-name of Lewis Grassic Gibbon, in non-text forms. The author’s major works, principally the trilogy of novels A Scots Quair, and pre-eminently the first novel Sunset Song, are seen as dynamic narratives that lend themselves to adaptation for radio, stage, television and film; indeed, Mitchell himself is shown to have been interested in the creative potential of the art form of the cinema. Specific details are given of the radio, stage and television versions of the Gibbon works produced over the years, and of the published aims of the script writers. Finally, the most recent adaptation, Terence Davies’s feature film version of Sunset Song, is judged a disappointing film as well as an unfaithful adaptation of a classic text.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2050-6678
Print ISSN
1756-5634
Pages
pp. 93-109
Launched on MUSE
2016-06-02
Open Access
No
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