Born in England on this date in 1894, Morgan was a Welsh-English playwright and novelist had successful career writing on the themes of "Art, Love, and Death” and how they related to one another.
His 11 novels ranged from the paradoxes of freedom (The Voyage, The River Line), to passionate love seen from within (Portrait in a Mirror) and without (A Breeze of Morning). He also wrote 3 plays, 6 books of essays, and 2 books of poetry.
Morgan enjoyed an immense reputation during his lifetime (he died in 1958) in both France and Great Britain, winning the coveted James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, although he was sometimes criticized for “excessive seriousness.”
He served as Drama critic for The Times of London from the 1920s until 1938. He also contributed weekly articles on the London theatre scene to The New York Times and wrote many articles for London’s Sunday Times. Two of his plays, The Flashing Stream and The River Line received high praise and had long runs on stages in London, Paris and (in the case of the latter one) New York.
"There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved,” he wrote. “It is God's finger on man's shoulder."