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Book reviews - The Bat with Avery Hopwood

The Bat with Avery Hopwood

Author: Mary Roberts Rinehart
The Bat is a Broadway play by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood first produced in 1920. The plot relates how wealthy spinster Cornelia Van Gorder and her guests uncover a mystery at their rented summer home while being stalked by an enigmatic, costumed criminal known as "The Bat". The Bat originated as an adaptation of Rinehart's mystery novel The Circular Staircase, published in 1908. Rinehart and Hopwood made a number of alterations to the source to prepare it for Broadway, most notably adding the titular antagonist. The connection to the original novel led to a legal dispute over film rights with the Selig Polyscope Company, producers of a 1915 Circular Staircase film; subsequently, Rinehart denied the relationship between the two works as she attempted to license The Bat for a film adaptation.

US publication: 1920
Detective: n/a
Genre: n/a