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'The Constant Nymph' is a 1924 novel by Margaret Kennedy. It tells how a teenage girl falls in love with a family friend, who eventually marries her cousin. The two girls show mutual jealousy over their common love for the man.
The novel was a best-seller after it was first published, becoming the first novel of a genre that might be called 'Bohemian'. A significant part of its success was due to its (for the time) shocking sexual content, describing, as it does, scenes of adolescent sexuality and noble savagery in the Austrian Tyrol.
The novel was adapted into a play by Kennedy and Basil Dean.
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
Margaret Kennedy and Basil Dean adapted The Constant Nymph for a three act play that was published by Doubleday, Page and Company (Garden City, N.Y.) in 1926. A different, second edition of the play was published by William Heinemann (London) in 1926.[http://www3.isrl.illinois.edu/~unsworth/courses/entc312/s99/ 20th-Century American Bestsellers.] The play was performed on the London stage in 1926 and featured Nol Coward and Edna Best.LIFE. "Movie of the Week: 'The Constant Nymph'" - Aug 2, 1943 - Page 38.
The novel was first adapted as a 1928 silent film in 1928 by Adrian Brunel and Alma Reville and directed by Brunel and Basil Dean. This version starred Ivor Novello, Mabel Poulton and Benita Hume.
It was adapted again in 1933 by Dorothy Farnum and directed by Dean. It featured Victoria Hopper, Brian Aherne and Leonora Corbett.
A third adaptation in 1943 featured Charles Boyer, Joan Fontaine and Alexis Smith. It was adapted by Kathryn Scola and directed by Edmund Goulding.
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