If you would only love me…

The other day the wonderful Louise Hope post-processed a book I had uploaded to the Distributed Proofreaders to be proofread, and did so at a speed us mortals can only dream of. The book is an Arthur Pinero play, The “Mind the Paint” Girl, which had some success on Broadway and in the form of two Hollywood spin-offs.

Part of the play were four lines of a song, to be sung by all the actors on the stage. On my request Louise converted these lines to Lilypond, so that anyone can now reproduce it faithfully to any format they like. So here’s my rendition: sung, in Ogg Vorbis format.

The following is a short biography I wrote about Pinero for the proofreaders:

Biography and About this play

Arthur Wing Pinero (1855 – 1934) was a British playwright, son of Portuguese immigrants. His works have been in the public domain in Life+70 countries since 2005. Project Gutenberg already has a couple of them, and besides The “Mind the paint” girl I have two more (“The Big Drum” and “The Cabinet Minister”); so if you liked this one, tell me, and I will give them scanning priority.

Pinero wrote mostly comedies, of which this is one. When he initially tried to write a tragedy, the public rejected it, and he had to rewrite the play (“The Profligate”). With the popularisation of tragedy through the likes of Ibsen, he tried his hand at this type of play again, and this time with more success. George Bernard Shaw called Pinero “a humble and somewhat belated follower of the novelists of the middle of the nineteenth century”.

The “The ‘Mind the Paint’ Girl” seems to have been successful; it was performed in London, New York (Broadway) and Mainz in the year of its publication. It was filmed twice (in 1916 and 1919), and in his novel The Beautiful and Damned (1922), F. Scott Fitzgerald writes: “His bathroom, in contrast to the rather portentous character of his bedroom, was gay, bright, extremely habitable and even faintly facetious. Framed around the walls were photographs of four celebrated thespian beauties of the day: Julia Sanderson as ‘The Sunshine Girl,’ Ina Claire as ‘The Quaker Girl,’ Billie Burke as ‘The Mind-the-Paint Girl,’ and Hazel Dawn as ‘The Pink Lady.'”

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