John Hartley Manners

Life
1870-1928; b. Ireland, author of the successful sentimental drama Peg o’ My Heart (1912; London 1914) and other plays. OCTH

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References
Phyllis Hartnoll, ed., Oxford Companion to Theatre (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1988), give bio-data and commentary: Irish-born American dramatist and author of Peg o’ My Heart (1912; London 1914), a sentimental work which overshadowed his others; Sara Allgood played it in Australia, and married her leading man; the parts of his heroines generally taken by his wife Laurette Taylor; started in Australia, then played Laertes in Forbes-Robinson’s London production of Hamlet; wrote his first play for Lillie Langtry, with whose company he toured in America.

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