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

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CHAPTER XIII

THE early part of 1905 was spent in writing The Sword of Gideon. It is a very strong play, with a fine part for an old man, but it needs a very fascinating actress for the leading woman. My father was fond of this play and believed it would be a success, if rightly cast, but it was never acted. After his death I found this note of his on the play: "Charles Frohman wanted this play for Miss Virginia Harned, but, on reading it, she said she liked it but could not possibly play it, as the man's was the leading part. I afterwards offered it to a leading actor; he said he liked it, but could not possibly play it, as the woman's was the leading part."

At the end of the year he was called to America on business, and he was there also in 1905, 1907, and 1908. He always enjoyed his visits enormously; he said that the New York air was like champagne, and that he never felt as well anywhere as he did over there. The noise and hustle never seemed to worry him, but he often felt the reaction on his return to England. These four trips to New York consolidated and strengthened many of his friendships and increased his enduring love and admiration for America and the American people. The vitality, gaiety, and energy in H. A. J.'s nature found immediate communion with a people who are pre-eminent in these qualities.

It was on the first of these visits that he met Mr. Clayton Hamilton and felt an immediate liking for the enthusiastic young man. Henry Arthur's friendship for Mr. Hamilton grew and deepened throughout the years, and at

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • A Letter vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Contents xv
  • List of Illustrations xix
  • Part I- Early Life 1851-1882 1
  • Chapter I 3
  • Chapter II 8
  • Chapter III 18
  • Chapter IV 26
  • Part II- Success 1882-1902 35
  • Chapter V 37
  • Chapter VI 51
  • Chapter VII 73
  • Chapter VIII 96
  • Chapter IX 132
  • Chapter X 150
  • Chapter XI 165
  • Part III- Later Years 1902-1929 181
  • Chapter XII 183
  • Chapter XIII 194
  • Chapter XIV 213
  • Chapter XVI 261
  • Chapter XVII 292
  • Chapter XVIII 320
  • Chapter XIX 337
  • Chapter XX 353
  • Appendix A- The Plays of Henry Arthur Jones 363
  • Appendix B- Writings and Speeches of Henry Arthur Jones 377
  • Appendix C Dramatic Technique Revealed by Dramatists 385
  • Index 391
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