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The Thirty Nine Steps

 The Thirty-Nine Steps was published in 1915, and became Buchan's most popular novel, introducing Richard Hannay, the first of a long line of gentlemen-heroes. The novel has, to date, been filmed three times (Hitchcock's 1932 version, starring Richard Donat; and subsequently in the 1950s, with Kenneth Moore; and in the 1970s, with Anthony Powell). What factors, do you feel, have made the novel so popular?

Why has it been so readily filmed?

What strikes you about the ways in which the film versions have altered or attempted to remain true to the novel?


Critical Issues raised by the novel

Further Information

Critical Issues Raised by the Novel.Context