St John Hankin, one of the most interesting writers of the Edwardian New Drama, was born in Southampton in 1869 and educated at Malvern School and Oxford. He married Florence Routledge and went to India as a journalist but, having contracted malaria, he returned to London in 1895. He became drama critic for The Times and also wrote for Punch, where he made his mark with a series of comic sequels of famous plays, including Robertson's Caste and Ibsen's A Doll's House. These were published in book form as Mr Punch's Dramatic Sequels (1901) and Lost Masterpieces (1904). His theatrical interests and his admiration of the work of Bernard Shaw took him onto the council of the Stage Society, and to his …
Chothia, Jean. "St John Hankin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2002; last revised 30 November -1.
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