JOHN ARDEN Margaretta's life long partner died on March 28th 2012

Born: 26-October 1930
Birthplace: Barnsley, Yorkshire, England

Military service: British Army (Intelligence Corps, 1949-50, Lance Cpl.)

Wife: Margaretta D'Arcy (actress/playwright, m. 1957, five sons)

High School: Sedbergh School, Yorkshire (1944-48)
University: BA Architecture, King's College, Cambridge University (1953)
University: Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art (1953-55, diploma)

Silence Among the Weapons (1982, novel)
Books of Bale (1988, novel)
Cogs Tyrannic (1991, novel)
Jack Juggler and the Emperor's Whore (1995, novel)
Gallows 2009 (short Stories)

All Fall Down (1955)
The Life of Man (1956)
The Waters of Babylon (1957)
Live Like Pigs (1958)
When Is A Door Not A Door? (1958)
Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (1959)
The Business Of Good Government (1960, with Margaretta D'Arcy)
The Workhouse Donkey (1963)
Ars Longa, Vita Brevis (1964, with Margaretta D'Arcy)
Armstrong's Last Goodnight (1964)
Left-Handed Liberty (1965)
Royal Pardon, The; Or, The Soldier Who Became An Actor (1966, with Margaretta D'Arcy)
Two Hundred Years Of Labour History (1968, with Margaretta D'Arcy, et. al.)
The True History of Squire Jonathan and His Unfortunate Treasure (1968)
The Ballygombeen Bequest (1972, with Margaretta D'Arcy)
The Island of the Mighty (1972, with Margaretta D'Arcy)
The Devil And The Parish Pump (1974, with Margaretta D'Arcy)
The Non-Stop Connolly Cycle (1975)
Sean O'Scrudu (1976, with Margaretta D'Arcy)
A Pinprick Of History (1977, with Margaretta D'Arcy)
Vandaleur's Folly (1978, with Margaretta D'Arcy)
The Little Gray Home in the West (1982)


The Guardian.... To anyone of my generation, the death of playwright John Arden is a bitter blow. His work is rarely seen these days – partly because he fell out badly with the British theatre establishment. But he was one of a quartet of dramatists, including John Osborne, Harold Pinter and Arnold Wesker, that energised the theatre of the late 1950s. Each was different. But what I loved about Arden was the intoxicating vigour of his language: he wrote a muscular, colourful prose, interspersed with ballad and song, that ricocheted off the walls of the theatre like a ball in a squash court... more

New York Times.......John Arden, a major British playwright of the 1950s and 1960s, whose politically engaged, theatrically inventive and conscience-provoking works were often compared to Brecht’s but have been only intermittently revived and rarely performed in the United States, died on Wednesday. He was 81..... more

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