Talk:Harold Bell Wright

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After moving to Arizona in 1916, Wright began work on "The Re-Creation of Brian Kent." It was published in 1919, and public interest was so great that it was turned into a silent motion picture in 1925. The main article renames the book by omitting the title. The hyphen is important. It represents a play on words. With the hyphen, it connotes a revival or resurrection of sorts, as the main character has provided himself with the opportunity to create a new person of himself, perhaps in the same way as the main character in Leo Tolstoy's work, Resurrection. But the play on words goes farther because it implies that the main character is now idle, and employs himself to no good effect beyond meditating on the tranquility of the river passing by. All of this wordplay is lost if you omit the hyphen. Re-creation is not the same thing as recreation. I'm going to edit the main article and change the book title back to its original name, "The Re-Creation of Brian Kent."

This work is also important because the 1925 film [1] dramatizes a mysterious death by drowning, a plot twist that was later played on, and relied on, to much good effect, by such subsequent movies as Sunrise (film) (1927) and the silent German 1931 film Hokus-Pokus.

I'm sure the makers of Sunrise and other works could rely on their own intellect rather than copying a common trope from a hack writer, however popular he may have been. (talk) 19:39, 13 October 2013 (UTC)