Taking the Curtain Call: The Life and Letters of Henry Arthur Jones

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CONTENTS
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Prefatory Letter by Max Beerbohmvii
Author's Introductionxi

PART I, Early Life, 1851-1882.
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I. Birth and parentage--The Puritan tradition--School days in Buckinghamshire3
II. H. A. J. as a draper's assistant--Literary studies--Drapery and Paradise Lost--Comes to London, 1869--Warehouseman and commercial traveller--Early theatrical memories --The old Haymarket--Adelaide Neilson--Unsuccessful novel-writing--Emery Walker and William Morris--First play, 1869--First stage appearance, 1871--Scientific studies --Hard reading and short commons8
III. Personal characteristics--Marriage, 1875--Life in the west of England--First appearance in print, 1874--H. A. J. on preaching and preachers18
IV. Domestic joys and sorrows--H. A. J. becomes an acted dramatist--Provincial successes--Productions by Wilson Barrett and E. S. Willard--First London production--A Clerical Error, 1879--Wilson Barrett on what the public wants--More London successes--His Wife, 1881--H. A. J. on the printing of plays--Leaves commerce for play-writing--A letter from Matthew Arnold--H. A. J. offends the censor--Leaves from his account-books.26

PART II, Success, 1882-1902.
V. The Silver King, 1882--The first night--Herman's claims to authorship--And Wilson Barrett's--H. A. J.'s letter to Barrett--Max Beerbohm's comments--The arbitration and the result37
VI. The drama as literature--H. A. J.'s campaign--"The Theatre and the Mob," 1883--The Gallery First-Nighters' Club --Views on the principles of play-writing--Methods of work --A letter from Robert Louis Stevenson--H. A. J, on Ibsen--Saints and Sinners, 1884--Religion on the stage-- Mark Rutherford's views--American recognition--Dislike of collaboration51

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