Earth and High Heaven
First US edition
Jonathan Cape (UK)|
Thomas Nelson & Sons (Canada)
J. B. Lippincott (US)
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||228 pp (first edition, hardcover)|
Earth and High Heaven was a 1944 novel by Gwethalyn Graham. It was the first Canadian novel to reach number one on The New York Times bestseller list and stayed on the list for 37 weeks, selling 125 000 copies in the United States that year.
Set in Montreal, Quebec during World War II, the novel portrays a romance between Erica Drake, a young woman from a wealthy Protestant family in Westmount, and Marc Reiser, a Jewish lawyer and soldier from Northern Ontario. The young lovers are forced to confront and overcome the anti-Semitism of their society in their quest to form a lasting relationship.
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Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
Producer Samuel Goldwyn bought the movie rights to Earth and High Heaven for $100 000, intending for Katharine Hepburn to play Erica Drake. He initially hired Ring Lardner Jr. to adapt the screenplay.
Goldwyn was, however, dissatisfied with the results, telling Lardner that he "betrayed [him] by writing too much like a Jew.". Goldwyn subsequently hired a succession of other writers to develop the script, and remained dissatisfied with the final product.
- "Gwethalyn Graham: Two fiction awards won by Montrealer". The Globe and Mail, November 26, 1965.
- "AECB - Title Detail - Earth and High Heaven". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
- "The Year in Books". Time. 1944-12-18. Retrieved 2008-07-20.
- Cumulative List of Winners of the Governor General's Literary Awards[permanent dead link]
- McGilligan, Patrick (1997). Backstory 3: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 60s. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-520-20426-3.