George V. Hobart
George Vere Hobart (1867 – 1926) was a Canadian-American humorist who authored more than 50 musical comedy librettos and plays as well as novels and songs. At the time of his death, Hobart was "one of America's most popular humorists and playwrights". Hobart gained initial national fame for the "Dinkelspiel" letters, a weekly satirical column written in a German-American dialect. The Library of Congress includes several of his songs in the National Jukebox.
George V. Hobart
Portrait of George V. Hobart from the 1915 playbill for Experience: A Morality Play of Today
|Born||George Vere Hobart|
January 16, 1867
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Died||January 31, 1926 (aged 59)|
Cumberland, Maryland, USA
|Genre||Comedy, farce, satire|
Sara De Vries
(m. 1897; died 1923)
Hobart also wrote under the pseudonym Hugh McHugh. Many of his works were adapted into films.
Hobart wrote humorous sketches and columns for the Sunday Scimitar and Baltimore News-American newspapers. He then worked for a short time at the New York Journal, before turning his attention to writing musicals, librettos, novels and children's books. Hobart is noted as an "exceptionally prolific" and versatile writer.
His better-known stage plays include the morality tale Experience; Our Mrs. McChesney cowritten with Edna Ferber and starring Ethel Barrymore; Miss Prinnt with Marie Dressler; Sonny ; Hitchy-Koo with music by Cole Porter ; Buddies and Sweet Sixteen.
He wrote the lyrics to numerous songs.
Hobart was married to the short story writer Sarah Humbird De Vries, with whom he had two children. She died in 1923. He died in Cumberland, Maryland on 31 January 1926 following a "general break down" at age 59.
- "A Love-Lorn Lily" (1900)
- "By The Sycamore Tree" (1903)
- "By The Old Oak Tree" (1904)
- "The Irish Girl I Love" (1905)
- Nell-Go-In (1900)
- Miss Prinnt (1900)
- Mrs. Black Is Back (1904)
- Wildfire (1908)
- The Yankee Girl (1910)
- Welcome to Our City (1910)
- Experience (1914)
- Stop That Man (1915)
- Our Mrs. McChesney (1915)
- What's Your Husband Doing? (1917)
- Come-On, Charlie (1919)
- Buddies (1919)
- The Blue Flame (1920)
- Sonny (1921)
- Hitchy-Koo, series of reviews
- Kissing Time, Broadway rendition
- John Henry (1901)
- You Should Worry
- Jim Hickey, A Story of the One-Night Stands (1904)
- Get next! (1905)
- Down the line with John Henry (1901)
- Back to the woods : the story of a fall from grace (1903)
- I'm from Missouri: (they had to show me) (1904)
- The silly syclopedia (1905)
- Go to it (1908)
- D. Dinkelspiel: his gonversationings (1900)
- Out for the coin
- Mrs. Black Is Back, directed by Thomas N. Heffron (1914, based on the play Mrs. Black Is Back)
- Wildfire, directed by Edwin Middleton (1915, based on the play Wildfire)
- The Yankee Girl, directed by Jack J. Clark (1915, based on the play The Yankee Girl)
- The Wonderful Wager, directed by René Plaissetty (1916, short film, based on a story by George V. Hobart)
- Alma, Where Do You Live?, directed by Hal Clarendon (1917, based on the play Alma, Where Do You Live?)
- Madame Jealousy, directed by Robert G. Vignola (1918, based on a story by George V. Hobart)
- Our Mrs. McChesney, directed by Ralph Ince (1918, based on the play Our Mrs. McChesney)
- The Jungle Trail, directed by Richard Stanton (1919, based on a story by George V. Hobart)
- What's Your Husband Doing?, directed by Lloyd Ingraham (1920, based on the play What's Your Husband Doing?)
- Experience, directed by George Fitzmaurice (1921, based on the play Experience)
- Sonny, directed by Henry King (1922, based on the play Sonny)
- Welcome to Our City, directed by Leopold Wharton and Robin H. Townley (1922, based on the play Welcome to Our City)
- Wildfire, directed by T. Hayes Hunter (1925, based on the play Wildfire)
- Stop That Man!, directed by Nat Ross (1928, based on the play Stop That Man)
- "G.V. Hobart, Humorist and Author Dies: Playwright and Author of Children's Books Has Break Down". The Fresno Morning Republican. 69 (32). Cumberland, MD. February 1, 1926. p. 1.
- "George V. Hobart, Playwright and humorist, Is Dead". San Francisco Examiner. February 1, 1926. p. 5.
- Kersten, Holger (1999). ""Nonsense, Satire, and Language Art: George V. Hobart's German-American Dialect Writing"". Thalia. 19 (1): 43–51 – via www.academia.edu.
- "George V. Hobart". www.loc.gov.
- Smith, Geoffrey D. (13 August 1997). American Fiction, 1901-1925: A Bibliography. Cambridge University Press. p. 320. ISBN 978-0-521-43469-0.
- "Hobart, George V. 1867-1926 (George Vere) [WorldCat Identities]".
- "The Creator of "Dinkenspiel"". The Texas Magazine. 1 (4): 47. February 1910.
- "George V. Hobart, Playwright, Dies: Prolific Writer of Musical Comedy Librettos Succumbs After a Breakdown". New York Times. 1 February 1926. p. 19.
- Hoffmann, Max; Hobart, George V. (January 1, 1903). "By the Sycamore Tree". The Rogers Bros. Music Publishing Co – via digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu.
- "George V. Hobart (Hobart, George V. (George Vere), 1867-1926) | The Online Books Page". onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu.