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

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CHAPTER XVII

DURING these years, 1914-1920, in addition to his three books, Henry Arthur wrote a good many "Letters" on current political topics: a letter on "Labour and Lloyd George," just before the General Election in 1918, an Open Letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on "How to Raise Money," and several to Mr. Fisher on Education. The state of unrest in Ireland had always interested him. He blamed Gladstone bitterly for many of the troubles which had occurred. In February 1920 the Evening Standard published two Letters on Ireland, one of which was headed "Strife, Wreckage, and Ruin over Ireland," and the other "An Open Letter on Ireland." during all these years Henry Arthur had not neglected the interests of his beloved Drama. Though he did not write many plays, he wrote to the papers constantly on the subject which always lay closest to his heart; letters on "Shakespeare in England"; two open letters to William Poel; another on "Why English Drama is Crowded Out"; a correspondence with Albert de Courville in the Morning Post; an introduction to Mr. Morrison Reconstruction of the Theatre; and several less important letters. His activity was prodigious.

1923 my father made a very important addition to his writings on the Drama in the shape of a detailed reply to a questionnaire from Professor Archibald Henderson of the University of North Carolina: "Dramatic Technique as Revealed by Dramatists." 1

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Reproduced in Appendix C.

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