Dion Boucicault

Dion Boucicault, 'the most conspicuous English dramatist of the 19th century' (New York Times), was a witty, selfish and deceitful charmer, a bigamist, a profligate spendthrift and the author of dozens of successful plays, only a handful of which endure. Among these his early comedies influenced Oscar Wilde, and his Irish melodramas Shaw, Synge, and O'Casey.