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

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CHAPTER XIV

IN 1907 my father moved to 37 Hornton Street, Kensington, but he never liked the little house or the neighbourhood, and after two years he went to live in Hampstead at 6 Arkwright Road. Though he did not like this house either, he stayed there until 1916, when he bought another, 19 Kidderpore Avenue, just off the Finchley Road. He lived here until his death, and he often said the purchase of this house was the only good investment he had ever made. After Townshend House, we all liked No. 19 better than any other house where we had lived.

Early in 1908 my father finished a three-act farce called Dick. He had a contract with Charles Hawtrey to produce this play, and I do not know why it fell through. After his death I found a note on this play: "I was very ill and sleepless when I wrote it and was unequal to any great effort. With the right comedian in the leading part, it would stand the toss-up chance of hitting the public that all farces, even more than serious pieces, have to face, the stupidest of them proving the greatest success."

Several years previously, though I have no exact date, Henry Arthur wrote out in full the scenario for a farce, The Mad Cook, and only a few months before he died he referred to it, exclaiming, "Oh, good Lord! What a splendid idea for a farce--Willard would have done it well. I told him about it."

Henry Arthur had a very welcome success with Dolly Reforming Herself, which was produced at the Haymarket Theatre on 3rd November, 1908. He frequently chose a quotation which epitomised the theme of his play, and on

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Table of contents

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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