Edward Knoblock

Edward Knoblock

Edward Knoblock (born Edward Gustav Knoblauch) (April 7 1874 - July 19 1945) was a dramatist, scenarist, and novelist who wrote, among many other works, the much revived and re-made 1911 play, "Kismet".

Knoblock was born in New York City of German parents and was the grandson of the Berlin architect Eduard Knoblauch. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1896, but he spent much of his professional life in Europe, first in France, then in Great Britain. In 1912, his "Milestones", written with Arnold Bennett, became a hit at the Royalty Theatre, playing for over 600 performances. He became a British subject in 1916 during World War I, anglicized the spelling of his name, received a commission as a Captain in the British Army and served in the Secret Service Bureau in the Mediterranean, the Balkans, and Greece. In 1917 he bought and subsequently restored the Regency architecture Beach House, Worthing, Sussex. Knoblock was a life-long collector of Regency style furniture and furnishings and kept the celebrated Thomas Hope collection intact. His London bachelor apartment was at The Albany.

Knoblock wrote many screenplays, perhaps the best known being Douglas Fairbanks' "Robin Hood" (1922), though he was uncredited, and "The Three Musketeers" (1921).

Plays written by Knoblock alone include "The Faun" (1911), "Kismet" (1911), "My Lady's Dress" (1914), "Marie-Odile" (1915), and "Tiger! Tiger!" (1918). Among the novels written by Knoblock are "The Ant Heap" (1929), "The Man With Two Mirrors" (1931), "The Love Lady" (1933), and "Inexperience" (1941).

Knoblock often worked with a collaborator. His plays "Milestones" (1912), and "London Life" (1924) were produced with the assistance of Arnold Bennett. Similarly, "The Good Companions", originally published in 1929 by J.B. Priestley, was dramatised jointly by Knoblock and the author in 1931.


*imdb name|0461241|Edward Knoblock
* [http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?ID=5288 Knoblock at IBDB database]
* [http://www.rice.edu/fondren/woodson/mss/ms324.html Guide to the Edward Knoblock Papers at Rice University]
* [http://oasis.harvard.edu:10080/oasis/deliver/~hou00901 Guide to Edward Knoblock Papers at Houghton Library, Harvard College] Edward Knoblock's autobiography "Round The Room: An Autobiography" (Chapman And Hall, 1939)

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