Born: Aug. 4, 1904 - Thorpe Hesley, South Yorkshire, England
Died: Mar. 12, 1992 - Westhampnett, Sussex, England
Educated at Sheffield Grammar School and Oriel College, Oxford, Hobson graduated in 1928 with a degree in Modern History. In 1931, he joined the staff of The Christian Science Monitor, later becoming its drama critic, and retained that position until 1974. He became an authority on the French theatre and one of Britain's premier and influential drama critics. Almost single-handedly Hobson's positive critique made Beckett's play Waiting for Godot a must-see. In 1944, he joined the Sunday Times as an assistant literary editor and in 1947 became its drama critic, a post he held until his retirement in 1976. He produced some stories, but the majority of his work dealt with criticism and the theatre. Hobson was knighted in 1977. They include his autobiography Indirect Journey (1978), French Theatre Since 1830 (197) and Theatre in Britain (1984).
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