Knoblock [formerly Knoblauch], Edward Gustavus
- Eric Salmon
Knoblock [formerly Knoblauch], Edward Gustavus (1874–1945), playwright, was born at 60 West 17th Street, New York, on 7 April 1874, the fourth of the eleven children of Charles Knoblauch, a wealthy businessman and a descendant of nineteenth-century immigrants from Germany. From the age of four he was given regular piano lessons by his mother: both his parents were accomplished musicians. In 1880 his mother died suddenly; his father remarried in 1885 but he too died in 1887. This drastically affected the family's financial status and, constrained by real economic hardship, the stepmother took ...