Sir Arthur Wing Pinero Papers

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Sir Arthur Wing Pinero papers
Creator: Pinero, Arthur Wing, 1855-1934
Call Number: D.5
Dates: 1875-1935
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Plays and personal materials
Collection Overview
Title: Sir Arthur Wing Pinero papers
Creator: Pinero, Arthur Wing, 1855-1934
Call Number: D.5
Dates: 1875-1935
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934) was the son of a London solicitor, and received his early training in his father's office. He left the law office in 1874 to work as a character actor of R.H. Wyndham of the Edinburgh Stock Company, and made his first appearance at the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh. He was next employed at the Alexandra Theatre, Liverpool under the management of Edward Saker in 1875. He moved to the Lyceum company in London in 1876, and the Haymarket in 1881, where he was employed by the Bancrofts. He ceased acting in 1884. His playwrighting career began in 1877, his first efforts being one act curtain-raisers and farces. In 1889 the tone of his plays became more serious. With "The Profligate" he began the vogue for "problem plays." The best known and most successful of these was "The Second Mrs. Tanqueray" (1893). After 1914, Pinero was eclipsed by changing social conditions and newer playwrights, although he continued to have plays produced until 1932. Altogether, he wrote fifty-four plays.

Scope and Content
The collection consists mainly of correspondence between Sir Arthur Wing and Lady Pinero with members of the English and American theatre. Of interest is a group of letters written in 1875 by Pinero to his friend Tom Tomlin while Pinero was a young actor in Liverpool and other provincial theatres.

Subject(s):
England
Actors
Theater
Correspondence
Pinero, Arthur Wing, 1855-1934
Dramatists, English
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Various gifts and purchases, 1946 to present.Access
The Sir Arthur Wing Pinero papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Sir Arthur Wing Pinero papers, D.5, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Biographical information: Dictionary of National Biography; Dunkel, Wilbur. Sir Arthur Pinero. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1941); Dawick, John. Pinero; a Theatrical Life. (Niwot, CO: Unversity Press of Colorado, 1993.

Photographs of the production of "The Second Mrs.Tanqueray" at the Playhouse, London in June, 1922 can be found in the Theatre Photo File.


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Box 1Indexed correspondence, 1875-1933
Box 2, Folder 1-6Indexed correspondence, undated
Box 2, Folder 7Unidentified correspondents, undated
Box 2, Folder 17Reel of microfilm of Pinero letters owned by the University of Rochester Library made for J.P. Wearing in December, 1968
See list in register file

Series II: Plays and personal materials
Box 2, Folder 8Manuscript statement, signed, by Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, appealing to the United States to enter the First World War, September 9, 1916
Box 2, Folder 9Portraits of Sir Arthur Wing Pinero
Includes an original caricature of Pinero drawn by Leslie Ward ("Spy") for Vanity Fair

Box 2, Folder 10Order of service for memorial to Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, November 28, 1934
Box 2, Folder 11Manuscript contract between Sir John Fairs Hare and Irene Vanbrugh for her to act in Hare's production of "The Gay Lord Quex" by Arthur Wing Pinero, June 1, 1899
Box 2, Folder 12Typescript for "Sweet Lavender; an original Domestic Drama in Three Acts" by Arthur Wing Pinero
Apparently prepared for a production at the Amateur Comedy Club, New York City, undated. Bound in paper wrappers

Box 2, Folder 13Typescript for "The Amazons; a Farciful Romance in Three Acts" by Arthur Wing Pinero
Prepared for Charles Frohman's production at the Lyceum Theatre, New York, February, 1894. Bound volume

Box 2, Folder 14Bound manuscript of "The Passions," a play by T.W. Robertson
Inscribed to Arthur Wing Pinero by the author

Box 2, Folder 15Program for the original production of Pinero's "His House in Order." St. James's Theatre, London, February 1, 1906
Box 2, Folder 16Sotheby & Co. auction catalogue for a sale at which several Pinero manuscripts were sold, May 20-21, 1935


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