Deluge (novel)

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Author S. Fowler Wright
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Disaster
Publisher Cosmopolitan Book Corporation
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 305 pp
Followed by Dawn

Deluge is a 1928 novel by S. Fowler Wright.

In the novel, a global flood destroys all civilization other than areas of the English Midlands that remain above water. It follows Martin Webster, a lawyer who loses his wife and children. His companion, Claire Arlington, is an athlete and one of the few women to survive the flood. Their love affair is complicated when Helen, his wife, turns out not to be dead after all.

Wright used the metaphor of the flood and the aftermath to comment critically upon 1920s British society at the time. A movie version very loosely based upon the book was released in 1933.

Storm Jameson praised Deluge on its original publication in the magazine London Calling, comparing Deluge to Cicely Hamilton's post-holocaust novel Theodore Savage. [1] Deluge also influenced Jameson's novel of a Britain devastated by floods, The World Ends (1937, as by William Lamb). [1]


  1. ^ a b Brian Stableford,"Introduction" to Deluge, Wesleyan University Press, 2003 ISBN 0819566608, (p. i-lviii).

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