(Michael Feingold’s article appeared in the Village Voice, 5/16.)

Even 107 years ago, entertainment producers' eyes lit up at the thought of getting their hands on a bestselling novel, and the Broadway eminence Charles Frohman must have thought he'd hit the jackpot when he acquired the rights to Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth (1905), as dramatized by Mrs. Wharton herself, in collaboration with the era's go-to guy for commercial play construction, Clyde Fitch.

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