Henry Arthur Jones (1851-1929), Dramatist
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At eighteen Jones moved to London, and was employed by a draper in the City. During this period he was an ardent theatregoer and vowed to become a dramatist himself. He was twenty-seven before his first piece, Only Round the Corner, was produced. Within a few years his plays The Middleman (1889), and Judah (1890) established his reputation as a serious playwright. In 1884 Jones embarked on a secondary career, writing articles and giving speeches and lectures to promote the cause of a serious English drama. This activity continued long after his popularity as a dramatist had waned. Although he was a leading playwright in his own time, his work was rarely acted after his heyday.