Among women dramatists of to-day, Miss Gladys Unger must be given a leading place. Although she has not reached the thirties, Miss Unger has several successful plays to her credit, including " Edmund Kean," "Mr. Sheridan," "The Knave of Hearts," "Henry of Lancaster," "Love Watches," and "In An Arab Garden." Miss Unger was born in California, but has lived in London since she was three years of age. The theatre always fascinated her, and when she was eleven years of age she gave the late Sir Henry Irving the chance of producing and playing the principal part in a pantomime written by herself. But Sir Henry did not take advantage of the offer. Miss Unger was educated at South Hampstead School, and at first devoted herself to miniature painting. And then " Edmund Kean " found favour in the eyes of Mr. Seymour Hicks, who produced it. A more ambitious work was " Mr. Sheridan," which Mr.
Bourchier produced at the Garrick in 1907. Miss Unger is a strenuous worker, and is a familiar figure in the British Museum Reading Room, where she has spent many hours studying historical romance. She is a firm believer in the gospel of hard work, and revises and re-writes her work most relentlessly. She is reported to have said that it had taken her ten years to assimilate Sir Arthur Pinero's advice to her at the outset of her literary career - "Write only of what you know." That her time and patience thus bestowed have not been wasted is proved by the success which she has attained.
Miss Gladys Unger
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