Authors: Sir Hugh Walpole

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English novelist

Author Works

Long Fiction:

The Wooden Horse, 1909

Maradick at Forty, 1910

Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill, 1911 (also known as The Gods and Mr. Perrin)

The Prelude to Adventure, 1912

Fortitude, 1913

The Duchess of Wrexe, 1914

The Golden Scarecrow, 1915

The Dark Forest, 1916

The Green Mirror, 1917

Jeremy, 1919

The Secret City, 1919

The Captives, 1920

The Young Enchanted, 1921

The Cathedral, 1922

Jeremy and Hamlet, 1923

The Old Ladies, 1924

Portrait of a Man with Red Hair, 1925

Harmer John, 1926

Jeremy at Crale, 1927

Wintersmoon, 1928

Hans Frost, 1929

Rogue Herries, 1930

Above the Dark Circus, 1931 (also known as Above the Dark Tumult)

Judith Paris, 1931

The Fortress, 1932

Vanessa, 1933

Captain Nicholas, 1934

The Inquisitor, 1935

A Prayer for My Son, 1936

John Cornelius, 1937

The Joyful Delaneys, 1938

The Sea Tower, 1939

The Bright Pavilions, 1940

The Blindman’s House, 1941

The Killer and the Slain, 1942

Katherine Christian, 1943

Short Fiction:

The Thirteen Travellers, 1921

The Silver Thorn, 1928

All Souls’ Night, 1933

Head in Green Bronze, 1938


Joseph Conrad, 1916

The English Novel, 1925

Anthony Trollope, 1928

A Letter to a Modern Novelist, 1932

The Apple Trees, 1932


Hugh Seymour Walpole (WAWL-pohl) was born in Auckland, New Zealand, March 13, 1884, the son of an English minister serving as incumbent of St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Auckland. As a boy, Walpole was sent to school in Cornwall, England. His family returned to England and lived in Durham, a cathedral city; Walpole’s father served as bishop of Edinburgh from 1910 until his death in 1929.{$I[AN]9810000050}{$I[A]Walpole, Sir Hugh}{$I[geo]ENGLAND;Walpole, Sir Hugh}{$I[tim]1884;Walpole, Sir Hugh}

Hugh Walpole was educated at King’s College, Canterbury, and Emanuel College, Cambridge. He began writing novels while still an undergraduate, but without success in his early ventures. His first successful novel was Fortitude, published in 1913, and his popularity as a writer of fiction on both sides of the Atlantic began with that work.

During World War I Walpole worked in Russia with the Red Cross, and two novels grew out of his experiences there: The Dark Forest and The Secret City, awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Most of Walpole’s books have a romantic tinge, and many of them enjoyed large sales. His most successful novels are parts of a tetralogy covering two hundred years of English social history: Rogue Herries, Judith Paris, The Fortress, and Vanessa.

At the time of King George VI’s coronation, Walpole was knighted and proudly bore his title. Prolific in his novel writing, Walpole also wrote short stories, critical studies, and plays; wrote scenarios for films in both Hollywood and Britain; and enjoyed great success on numerous lecture tours to the United States and in Britain. W. Somerset Maugham caricatured him as the character Alroy Kear in Cakes and Ale. Walpole died at Brackenburn, his home in the Lake District, on June 1, 1941.

BibliographyCoveney, Peter. Poor Monkey: The Child in Literature. Rev. ed. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin, 1967.Dane, Clemence. Tradition and Hugh Walpole. 1929. Reprint. Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1972.Hart-Davis, Rupert. Hugh Walpole. New York: Macmillan, 1952.Steele, Elizabeth. “A Change of Villains: Hugh Walpole, Henry James, and Arnold Bennett.” Colby Library Quarterly 17 (September, 1981).Steele, Elizabeth. Hugh Walpole. New York: Twayne, 1972.Steen, Marguerite. Hugh Walpole: A Study. London: Ivor Nicholson and Watson, 1933.Swinnerton, Frank. Figures in the Foreground. 1964. Reprint. Freeport, N.Y.: Books for Libraries Press, 1970.
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