Jones, Henry Arthur

Jones, Henry Arthur,

1851–1929, English playwright. His reputation was first established with the melodrama The Silver King (with Henry Herman; 1882). Strongly influenced by the great Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, Jones turned to writing dramas of social and moral criticism. He was the author of over 60 plays, of which The Middleman (1889), Michael and His Lost Angel (1896), The Liars (1897), and Mrs. Dane's Defense (1900) are among the most important. His critical works include The Renascence of the English Drama (1895) and The Theatre of Ideas (1915).
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Jones, Henry Arthur


Born Sept. 20, 1851, in Buckinghamshire; died Jan. 7, 1929, in London. English playwright. At one time a commercial traveler.

In his dramas It’s Only Around the Corner (1879), Saints and Sinners (1884), The Case of Rebellious Susan (1894), The Triumph of the Philistines (1895), Michael and His Lost Angel (1896), and The Liars (1897), Jones depicted people who oppose religious dogma and conventional bourgeois morality. Jones’ melodramatic devices and the limited nature of his criticism of the foundations of the bourgeois world were exposed by Shaw. Jones explained his aesthetic views in several books, including The Renaissance of the English Drama (1895) and The Theater of Ideas (1915).


Representative Plays, vols. 1-4. London, 1926.
In Russian translation:
Ot mraka k svetu. Moscow, 1904.


Shaw, B. O drame i teatre. Moscow, 1963.
Cordell, R. A. H. A. Jones and the Modern Drama. [New York, 1968.]
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