dramatic screenplay adaptation on the Legend of the Wandering Jew and the Wandering Jewess

Robert Douglas Manning

Living World expert on the "extra-scriptural" legendary characters, based on over thirty years of literary research and development.  Graduated age 21 from the University of Calgary in liberal arts (political economy, philosophy, and English) studied under Rhodes scholar Luigi di Marzo, and his mentor, Colonel Burke Inlow, who met Albert Einstein on the campus of Princeton University; motion-picture history with Jesuit priest Father John Matheson at the University of Regina; tutored by Gervase de Peyer, the most recorded clarinetist in the World, on the private campus of Saint Michael's University School; screenwriting, cinema, and music at the University of Lethbridge; fellowship to attend the Seventh Annual Banff Television Festival, and lecturer at the 26th Annual Banff Reading Workshop; and a scholarship to study German language and culture at the University of Salzburg.


The Autobiography of the Wandering Jew and the Wandering Jewess dramatic screenplay adaptation of George Sylvester Viereck and Paul Eldridge, who corresponded with Albert Einstein, celebrates the universal story of love throughout the Time and Space Continuum.  Anno Domini 2010 was a pivotal year for the development of the “extra-scriptural” Legend of the Wandering Jew: the eightieth anniversary of the literary expression of the above; the fiftieth anniversary of the Hugo Award-winning “A Canticle for Leibowitz” by Walter Michael Miller, Junior, which features our character and sold over two million copies World-wide in many languages (adapted into The Abbey)*; and the thirtieth anniversary of the passing away of Doctor George Kumler Anderson, whose document of twenty years of literary research, funded by a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, was published as a bicentennial edition of Brown University in 1965.

Seventy-eight half-hour teleplay episodes (three year television series) adapted from the internationally successful serialized novelization by retired naval surgeon Eugene Sue (1845), which appeared in the Paris Constitutionnel newspaper, and increasing its circulation to twenty-five thousand, earning him the distinction of remaining the highest paid writer of melodramatic fiction in the history of masterpieces in World literature; with over forty French reprints, a dozen in England and America, and several in every language of Western Europe.

All twenty-four scripts are housed in the John Hay Library of  Brown University, Providence; as well as Special Collections, University of Calgary MacKimmie Library; the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, Harvard University, Cambridge; and several other prestigious American and Canadian universities.  General Lewis Wallace’s Prince of India (1893) is available. 

*reference in William H. Roberson's Walter Michael Miller, Jr. (2011)



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03-4 Wandering Jew and Jewess (unique, yet universal struggle for immense family fortune) three-year melodramatic teleplays, seventy-eight half-hour episodes 24 V. (Doctor Eugene Sue, 1845); and,

01-0 Wandering Jew and Jewess television pilot dramatico-musical

82-9 The Prince of India (Constantinople fall and Wandering Jew) feature-length historical (General Lewis Wallace, 1893)

85-0 The Jew* (two parts)  feature-length fantasy (1928); and,

86-7 The Jewess* (two parts) Viereck & Eldridge (1930);

87-4 The Autobiography of the Wandering Jew and Jewess *set (story of love through the centuries)

88-1 The Abbey (civilization in the 32nd century and Wandering Jew) feature-length science-fiction (Walter M. Miller Jr, 1959)

89-8 Merry Christmas! (post-WWII sequel of "Sound of Music") feature-length musical-comedy (Maria von Trapp, 1953)

90-4 Ahasver IBM CD-ROM  special revision works-to-date  (doc/fdx/jpg/pdf/rtf/txt)



Dramatico-musical adaptation of the Sue version won the National Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio Two New Opera Libretto contest (third); first draft was a finalist in TWO full-length categories (one of nine in "discovery", and one of twelve in "any subject") in the Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism 21st Annual Playwriting Competition; prototypical film version won "Singular Vision with a Universal Theme" in the First Annual Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers Film Festival, later broadcast in a SHAW-TV interview, who awarded their bronze plaque for volunteering.


"Strong message and colorful characters is a work of tremendous potential, as fascinating as any major property to hit the screen today.  An exciting teleplay that should pay off with box-office and A. C. Nielsens.  Commands the attention of the viewers, and is made for the silver screen..."

"Yet [Sue's] Le Juif errant remains unquestionably the most celebrated single literary treatment of the Legend of the Wandering Jew"...

"...of all the legends which have obtained popular currency, not one is more remarkable than the wild story of the Wandering Jew...probably it has had a greater influence than any other myth, not only on the minds of unlettered persons, but on the imaginations of poets, artists, and romance-writers"...

"...among these more lasting legends, there are few that have had such a wide currency over so long a period as the Legend of the Wandering Jew"...

"...however, none of the films up to this point probed deeply into its rich theme, or produced a motion-picture of epic proportions"...