dramatist, achieved success with The Silver King (1882). A friend and contemporary of Pinero, Jones did much to re‐establish serious themes in the theatre. As a young man he was greatly encouraged by G. B. Shaw and Beerbohm. Although he wrote many comedies (including The Liars, 1897; Dolly Reforming Herself, 1908; Mary Goes First, 1913), his most influential plays treated social themes, often the double standards of behaviour expected of men and of women; The Dancing Girl (1891), The Case of Rebellious Susan (1894), Mrs Dane's Defence (1900), and The Lie (1923) were considered among the most effective.
Subjects: Theatre — Literature.