See also:English playwright, son of
See also:Byron, at one
See also:consul at
See also:Prince, was
See also:born in Manchester in
See also:January 1834 . He entered the
See also:Temple as a student in 1858, with the intention of devoting his time to
See also:play-writing . He soon ceased to make any pretence of legal study, and joined a provincial
See also:company as an actor . In this
See also:line he never made any real success; and, though he continued to
See also:act for years, chiefly in his own plays, he had neither originality nor charm . Meanwhile he wrote assiduously, and few men have produced so many pieces of so diverse a nature . He was the first editor of the weekly comic paper, Fun, and started the
See also:short-lived Comic Trials . His first successes were in burlesque; but in 1865 he joined
See also:Wilton (afterwards
See also:Bancroft) in the management of the Prince of
See also:Wales's theatre, near
See also:Court Road . Here several of his pieces, comedies and extravaganzas were produced with success; but, upon his severing the
See also:partnership two years later, and starting management on his own account in the provinces, he was financially unfortunate . The commercial success of his
See also:life was secured with Our Boys, which was played at the
See also:Vaudeville from January 1875 till
See also:April 1879—a then unprecedented " run." The Upper Crust, another of his successes, gave a congenial opportunity to Mr J . L .
See also:Toole for one of his inimitably broad character-sketches . During the last few years of his life Byron was in frail
See also:health; he died in Clapham on the firth of April 1884 .
H . J . Byron was the author of some of the most popularstage pieces of his
See also:day . Yet his extravaganzas have no wit but that of violence; his rhyming couplets are without
See also:polish, and decorated only by forced and often pointless puns . His sentiment had T . W .
See also:Robertson's insipidity without its freshness, and restored an
See also:element of vulgarity which his predecessor had laboured to eradicate from theatrical tradition . He could draw a "
See also:Cockney " character with some fidelity, but his dramatis personae were usually mere puppets for the utterance of his jests . Byron was also the author of a novel, Paid in Full (1865), which appeared originally in Temple
See also:Bar . In his social relations he had many friends, among whom he was justly popular for geniality and imperturbable
See also:temper .
6TH BARON GEORGE GORDON BYRON BYRON (1788-1824)
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