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Date: Oct 12 12:28 PM, 2019
Thoughts on the first 4 Ward Locks and the last 8 books ?
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Ross Poldark wrote:

Quite possible I would have thought though I don't think WG mentions anything about it in his memoirs....

I don't speak German but being curious I bought a German copy of the story and had it translated by a friend, and could soon see the connection to the young woman and how it could have represented Elizabeth. There's a thread on here somewhere with a picture of WG and I think a reference to it all by him so will have a look for it.


 

The first link has the original article in Woman's Magazine in December 1977 at the very bottom of all the subsequent posts....

https://poldark.activeboard.com/t42017573/woman-magazine-wg-exclusive-dec-1977/

https://poldark.activeboard.com/t62723900/series-2-episode-5/

https://poldark.activeboard.com/t54424916/looking-at-the-prologue/



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Date: Oct 12 1:23 AM, 2019
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I don't think it would be possible for WG to write 8 long fabulous books if he wasn't wholeheartedly interested in the Poldarks and other characters.  As his son said in a recent interview his father loved the characters.  In WG's Author's Note in "The Black Moon" he says ". . . for no discoverable reason, it became necessary for me to see what happened to these people after Christmas night 1793.  I became very interested in finding out . . ."  WG mentions in his autobiography that his characters were "organic" and I think I understand more what that means after seeing the TV productions:  their actions do not follow a formula but write themselves as they go along.  The readers wanting more may have been a tiny prod but I think WG's heart, mind and soul led him to write more.  Thank heavens he did - I would hate that someone else would continue the story.

If inspired by the German book he certainly took it a long way.  Amazing what one idea can do for a writer with imagination and talent.



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Quite possible I would have thought though I don't think WG mentions anything about it in his memoirs....

I don't speak German but being curious I bought a German copy of the story and had it translated by a friend, and could soon see the connection to the young woman and how it could have represented Elizabeth. There's a thread on here somewhere with a picture of WG and I think a reference to it all by him so will have a look for it.



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Date: Oct 11 11:15 PM, 2019
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Andrew Graham probably knows the real reason behind the writing of the last 8 books.  But here's a thought......perhaps the BBC approached Winston Graham to expand the Poldark story (?)  In the early 1970's, in the US, public television stations became popular, especially Sunday night with Masterpiece theater and Masterpiece mystery.  For the first time, US audiences got to experience outstanding British productions and acting every week.  I suspect the BBC was always eager to find good stories to produce and export.  And finally, in 1978, Poldark arrived.



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Do you think that WG began writing the last 8 books because the readers at the time wanted more or some other reason, whilst WG was it seems quite content at the time to stop it there ?

Personally I feel that underneath he was still quite happy with just the first 4 alone and always would be because of the original German book he had read by Hermann Sudermann "Im Zveilicht" - "At Twilight". This was about a train passenger who had observed a young attractive woman entering his compartment who had tearfully and passionately said goodbye to a man at a German railway station before leaving for Berlin where her husband, children and family were all waiting to welcome her home.



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