The Queen of Hearts
Other Plays by Ian Hay Beith
Beith, Ian Hay (aka John Hay Beith, playwright, military historian, novelist, short story writer, 1876-1952), “Queen of Hearts,”
a __-minute play in English, set pre-1920,
© 1921 by Ian Hay Beith;
• in Ian Hay Beith’s The Writings of Ian Hay, Argyll edition l Houghton Mifflin Company, 1921-____), LCCN 27-18346.
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• “Major John Hay Beith, CBE (Ian Hay) (April 17, 1876 - September 22, 1952) from Edinburgh, Scotland was a soldier, novelist, and playwright. He was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh and St. Johns College, Cambridge. Beith joined Durham School in 1902 as junior science master, and also coached the rugby and boating crews. Durham featured in his The Housemaster (1936). Hay later taught at Fettes, spending much of his leisure time in writing. His light novels combined humour and shrewd observation, with an English tolerance of eccentricity and suited the taste of the age (he collaborated with P.G.Wodehouse). He was a second-lieutenant in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was in France in April of 1915 and was one of the first 100,000 of Kitchener's Army. He was awarded the Military Cross. He was Director of Public Relations at the War Office (1938-1941). His work was well known for its wit; often quoted is this line from his play, Housemaster: 'What do you mean, funny? Funny-peculiar or funny ha-ha?' From the same play, two characteristic Hay lines, from masters' reports on their pupils: * ‘He can translate English into a Greek not spoken in Greece, and Greek into an English not spoken anywhere, with equal facility’ * ‘Despite his natural levity he habitually gravitates towards the bottom.’ The First Hundred Thousand (1916) is his best-known work, and is marked by the same sharp sense of humor as his other work: 'War is hell, and all that, but it has a good deal to recommend it. It wipes out all the small nuisances of peace-time.' All In It K(1) Carries On: A Continuation of the First Hundred Thousand (1917) and Carrying On (1917) were also popular books of his. Other works include Tilly of Bloomsbury 1919, The Right Stuff, A Man's Man, A Safety Match, and Happy-Go-Lucky. In 1928 Beith adapted P. G. Wodehouse's novel A Damsel in Distress as a play. In 1929 Wodehouse helped to adapt Beith's Story Baa Baa Black Sheep for the stage and in 1930 they again collaborated on the dramatisation of Wodehouse's Leave it to Psmith. Beith served as Technical Advisor for Cecil B. DeMille's silent extravaganza, The Little American (1917), starring Mary Pickford, and was responsible for screenplays/dialogue of fifteen films, including Alfred Hitchcock's The Thirty-Nine Steps and Secret Agent.”—John Hay Beith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hay_Beith, accessed July 3, 2008.
• Research could include http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/h#a4304.
• Research should include John Hay Beith’s The Crimson Cocoanut, and Other Plays (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: W. H. Baker & Company, 1913), LCCN 14-368.