The Deceivers (Original screenplay for an unproduced film, John Masters' annotated working copy). Author: John Masters (novel, screenwriter); Anthony Perry (screenwriter) Title: The Deceivers (Original screenplay for an unproduced film, John Masters' annotated working copy) Publication: London: J. Description: Third Draft script for an unproduced film. Copy belonging to novelist and screenwriter John Masters, with his name in manuscript pencil on the front wrapper, his manuscript pencil annotations to virtually every page, and two handwritten pages stapled to the verso of the front wrapper, noting concerns about the script and deletions.Based on Masters' 1952 novel, which follows a British officer who goes undercover to infiltrate a thuggee cult who have been ritually murdering travelers in colonial India. Masters, who served in the Indian Army from 1933 to 1949, was best known for his historical fiction set in India, most notably his 1954 novel "Bhowani Junction, " which was adapted for film by director George Cukor in 1956. Modern scholars have acknowledged Masters' influence on British historical fiction, and (in later works) his relative sympathy towards Indian nationalists, while simultaneously criticizing his revisionist, occasionally imperialist tone.
Masters also released three successful autobiographical volumes, "Bugles and a Tiger" (1956), "Road Past Mandalay" (1961), and "Pilgrim Son" (1971). Beige titled wrappers, noted as Draft Script on the front wrapper, dated 26-3-57, with a typed label affixed on the front wrapper dated 26.3.57, crediting novelist and screenwriter John Masters and screenwriter Anthony Perry, and noting Masters' annotations throughout. Title page present, noted as DRAFT THREE, with credits for novelist and screenwriter John Masters. 114 leaves, with last page of text numbered 112. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound internally with a silver prong.Subject: 1950s Cinema, British Cinema, British Interest, Film Scripts, Films with Literary Sources, Unproduced Films. Royal Books is located in the midtown area of Baltimore, Maryland. Since 1996, we have specialized in rare books and paper relating to twentieth century literature, genre fiction, the arts, and popular culture, with a particular emphasis on cinema. All books noted as First Editions are also First Printings unless indicated otherwise. This listing was created by Bibliopolis.