HALL, OWEN (James Davis; 1848–1907), English playwright and journalist. Owner-editor of The Bat (1885–87), he chose his pen name as a result of gambling losses which led to his "owing all." Davis is mainly remembered as the writer of successful musical comedies, notably A Gaiety Girl (1894), The Geisha (1897), and Florodora (1899). He later edited a weekly, The Phoenix.

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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