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Hindle Wakes [Paperback]

Stanley Houghton
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12 Sep 2013
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ... HINDLE WAKES ACT I SCENE 1 The scene is triangular, representing a corner of the living-room kitchen of No. 137, Burnley Road, Hindle, a house rented at about Is. Gd. a week. In the left-hand wall, low down, there is a door leading to the scullery. In the same wall, but further away from the spectator, is a window looking on to the backyard. A dresser stands in front of the window. About half-way up the right-hand wall is the door leading to the hall or passage. Nearer, against the same wall, a high cupboard for china and crockery. The fireplace is not visible, being in one of the walls not represented. However, down in the L. corner of the stage is an arm-chair, which stands by the hearth. In the middle of the room is a square table, with chairs on each side. The room is cheerful and comfortable. It is nine o'clock on a warm August evening. Through the window can be seen the darkening sky, as the blind is not drawn. Against the sky an outline 9 of roof-tops and mill chimneys. The only light is the dim twilight from the open window. Thunder is in the air. When the curtain rises Christopher Hawthorn, a decent, white-bearded man of nearly sixty, is sitting in the arm-chair smoking a pipe. Mrs. Hawthorn, a keen, sharpfaced woman of fifty-five, is standing gazing out of the window. There is a flash of lightning and a rumble of thunder far away. mrs. Hawthorn. It's passing over. There'll be no rain. Christopher. Ay! We could do with some rain. [There is a flash of lightning. Christopher. Pull down the blind and light the gas. mrs. Hawthorn. What for? Christopher. It's more cosy-like with the gas. Mrs. Hawthorn. You're not afraid of the lightning? Christopher. I want to look at that railway guide. mrs. Hawthorn. What's the good? We've looked...

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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: TheClassics.us (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1230457895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1230457895
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An extraordinary piece... impossible to watch without feeling profound respect for playwright Stanley Houghton and the message he conveys. (5 stars) --Whats On Stage

A fascinating look into a rarely considered part of our national history... and a fitting way to celebrate [the play's] 100th anniversary. --The Good Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Playwright Stanley Houghton (1881 1913) was born in Ashton upon Mersey, Sale, Cheshire. Educated at Manchester Grammar School, he went into his father's cotton business where he worked until the success of Hindle Wakes in 1912 allowed him to finally achieve his ambition to become a professional writer. He died just a year later of meningitis. One of the acclaimed 'Manchester School' of playwrights, championed by Annie Horniman of the Gaiety Theatre, Manchester, and including such writers as Harold Brighouse and Allan Monkhouse. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not so certain after all 10 Oct 2012
By Sphex
(This review is of the 2012 Oberon Books edn (ISBN-13: 978-1849434218) with Ellie Turner as Fanny Hawthorn on the cover. Please note not all editions are of the same quality.)

A magnificent three-act play by Stanley Houghton in a new edition with high production values. At a time when women's rights were widely discussed and widely opposed, with this powerful drama Houghton showed his original audience both the way things were and the way they could be: women as passive pawns in the marriage market, and women as capable of making their own choices. The recent excellent centenary production at the Finborough Theatre located the play firmly in the early twentieth century and also brought out its contemporary relevance, which is that hooking up with the right person for whatever reason remains a challenging business. The contrast shows just how much has changed in the intervening century to liberalize social attitudes and to remove some of the worst religious and legal constraints on personal relationships.

The play is rightly seen as a feminist classic, and it's not hard to see why it was hugely controversial when first performed: a young woman who doesn't believe in God likes sex and the single life, and she fights authority and convention for the right to make her own decisions and to choose her own husband. The play is no one-sided manifesto, however; it is a genuine family drama with sharply drawn characters, each with their distinctive personalities and interests, and the story has its own satisfying and sometimes shocking twists. The opening scene has the kind of dramatic revelation that other playwrights might save for later. Houghton, however, uses this simply as a means to move on to the main story, which is Fanny's struggle for independence.
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I’m afraid this is so full of typos, and errors that it is worse than useless. It is not set out as a traditional script and the font changes every other line, and there is no consistency as to the headings as to who is speaking, so it renders it unreadable and unusable as a script. If you want to read this play, go for a different edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old but good! 21 July 2014
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Excellent, this is a timeless piece... People could learn a great deal from the story. old but GOOD
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1.0 out of 5 stars Borderline unreadable 15 May 2012
By Monica
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If I had known that the text was going to be 'an historic book with numerous typos, missing text, images and indexes' I wouldn't have forked out 7.95 for it. I fail to understand why the page format has been changed from the original; the layout bears little resemblance to a normal dramatic text, so reading the play is a laborious and far from enjoyable experience. Reading the Publishers Note I discover that I may be able to download 'a free copy of the original typo-free scanned book'. Which begs the question why it is apparently not possible to produce an accurate version for people to buy in the first place. Is my frustration apparent? I'm going to have a look at the website mentioned ([...]) to see if I can salvage something from this little disaster, but my advice to anyone who doesn't want the hassle is, don't buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars how much money did it make since it was written? 20 Dec 1999
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we have searched the net for a contact that will be able to help us find out how much money this play has made since it was written,if you can help us in this desperate attempt please contact me at egg_pie@hotmail.com
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