The Masters (novel)
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|Author||C. P. Snow|
|Series||Strangers and Brothers|
|Media type||Hardcover and Paperback|
|Preceded by||The Light and the Dark
|Followed by||The New Men
The Masters is the fifth novel in C. P. Snow's series Strangers and Brothers. It involves the election of a new Master at narrator Lewis Eliot's unnamed Cambridge College, which resembles Christ's College where Snow was a fellow. The novel is set in 1937, with the growing threat from Nazi Germany as the backdrop. The two candidates are Crawford, who is politically radical and prepared to make sure the college makes a stand against appeasing Hitler, but who Eliot believes will not be good at dealing with people; and Jago, who Eliot believes would make a good master, but whose wife is seen by some as a liability. Much of the interest of the novel lies in its analysis of the motives and political manoeuvres of the people campaigning for their chosen candidates.
The novel's dedication is 'In memory of G. H. Hardy', the Cambridge mathematician.
Ronald Millar's dramatisation of the novel opened at the Savoy Theatre, London, on 29 May 1963, and ran for eight months. John Clements, who directed it, played Jago, and David Dodimead Lewis Eliot. John Barron was Crawford.
In the BBC's 1984 television serialisation of the sequence, Frederick Treves moved to the part of Vernon Royce, the old and dying Master. Shaughan Seymour played Eliot, John Carson Jago and Clifford Rose Crawford.
In the BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial adaptation by Jonathan Howell  of the Strangers and Brothers series, first broadcast in 2003, the parts in The Masters were played by David Haig as Narrator, Adam Godley as Lewis Eliot, Philip Franks as Arthur Brown, Matthew Marsh as Chrystal, David Calder as Jago, Hugh Quarshie as Crawford, Adam Levy as Roy Calvert, Andy Taylor as Francis Getliffe, Clive Merrison as Winslow, Joanna Monro as Alice Jago, Ian Hogg as Sir Horace Timberlake, Peter Howell as Despard-Smith, Anastasia Hille as Sheila Eliot, Patrick Godfrey as Robinson, and Carla Simpson as Betty Vane.
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