Arnold Wesker was a Jewish English dramatist. He was born in 1932 in Stepney, London (East End) to socialist/communist, poor working-class refugee parents.
Artistically prolific over his lifetime, he authored 50 plays, four volumes of short stories, two volumes of essays. He was active in journalism, wrote children’s books, poetry, and more. His plays have been translated into 20 languages and have been performed worldwide.
He was an ardent promoter of British arts and humanities. He was an activist who served time in prison protesting nuclear weapons.
In 2006, he was Knighted by the Queen for his lifetime achievements.