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Pinero, Sir Arthur Wing

Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (pĬnēr´ō), 1855–1934, English dramatist. He achieved initial success with farces, such as The Magistrate (1885), and sentimental comedies, such as Sweet Lavender (1888). However, with The Profligate (1889), he launched his career as a serious social dramatist. In 1893 the production of The Second Mrs. Tanqueray, his best-known work, raised protest because of its sympathetic portrayal of a woman with a questionable past. His later dramas include The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith (1895) and Mid-Channel (1909). All Pinero's plays are noted for their superb craftsmanship. He was knighted in 1909.

See his collected letters, ed. by J. P. Wearing (1974); biography by W. Lazenby (1972).

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Pinero, Sir Arthur Wing (1855–1934) English dramatist. His farces include The Magistrate (1885), The Schoolmistress (1886), and Dandy Dick (1887). Pinero is best-known for his ‘problem play’, The Second Mrs Tanqueray (1893), on the social discrimination against women. Other plays include Trelawny of the ‘Wells’ (1898).

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