George R. Sims.
From a biography of George R. Sims which appears m ' Our Celebrities' for August, one learns that he commenced scribbli' g as a boy, and was a voluminous contributor to the school paper of Hanwell College. For several years the young man bombared dditors of magazines, etc., with stories and verses unsuccessfully. Then the * Weekly Despatch ' printed his " Social Kaleidoscope " series, and the tide turned. With the starting of the 'Keferee,' and the publication of the "Dagonet Ballads,' Sim's success became assured, and he had soon offers of far more work than he could do. Acting on the suggestion of friends, who saw m "Dngonet " the making of a dramatist, lie now wrote ' Crutch and Toothpick,' a farcical comedy which was successfully produced by Edgar Bruce at the Royalty Theatre, and ran 140 nights. This triumph induced Wilson Barrett to giveG. R. Sims a commission for the Princess's Theatre. The ' Lights of London ' (one of the most popular melodramas of modern times) was the result, and enjoyed a prolonged run. From that moment G. R. Sims commenced accumulating a fortune. He has written, or partly written, some score of pieces, moat; of which are played regularly m Great Britain and America. On clit Sim s income m fees alone for 1880 exceeded £10,000. It is well to be a successful dramatist nowadays.
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George R. Sims., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2525, 23 September 1890
George R. Sims. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2525, 23 September 1890
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