Frederick Lonsdale

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  • Hélène Catsiapis (École Centrale de Lille)

The author of 15 comedies and of as many musical plays, Frederick Lonsdale was the son of a tobacconist on the Isle of Jersey. He began his career with a series of librettos for musical comedies, the most famous of which were The Maid of the Mountains (1917); and Monsieur Beaucaire (1919) which was based on Booth Tarkington’s novel with music by André Messager. In 1923, Evelyn Laye played the title-role in his Madame Pompadour, a musical written in collaboration with Harry Graham and set to music by Leo Fall.

After 1923, Frederick Lonsdale turned mainly to social comedies dealing with the problems of marriage in high society. His works have often been compared with those of Somerset Maugham. In f…

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Catsiapis, Hélène. "Frederick Lonsdale". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 August 2005
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