Slater Speaks about June Mathis’s Work on “Ben-Hur”

Posted on 9/25/2018 1:56:00 PM

Tom Slater (English) gave an invited talk titled “A Woman’s ‘Ben-Hur’: June Mathis’s Work on the Project, 1922–24” at the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on September 20, 2018.

Wallace wrote the novel Ben-Hur, which has been adapted to film four times and also has been a TV series. Mathis was originally in charge of the first major production of the work. She produced a massive script that was ultimately rejected when MGM took over the project in 1924. But her work is valuable because it emphasized themes of multicultural unity and Christian spirituality that had been important to Wallace. These themes were also important to Mathis, and the talk emphasized their presence throughout her work.

The talk was also live-streamed and can be seen on YouTube.

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