Warwick Deeping

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Warwick Deeping in 1932

George Warwick Deeping (28 May 1877 – 20 April 1950) was a prolific English novelist and short story writer, whose best-known novel was Sorrell and Son (1925).


Born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, into a family of doctors, he was educated at Merchant Taylors' School. He proceeded to Trinity College, Cambridge, to study medicine and science (receiving his MA in March 1902[1]), then went to Middlesex Hospital to finish his medical training.[2] During the First World War, he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Deeping later gave up his job as a doctor to become a full-time writer.

His early work is dominated by historical romances. His later novels can be seen as attempts at keeping alive the spirit of the Edwardian age. He was one of the best selling authors of the 1920s and 1930s, with seven of his novels making the best-seller list.[3] George Orwell was a strong critic of Deeping's, criticising his melodramatic plots.

Deeping also published fiction in several US magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post and Adventure.[4] All of the short stories and serialized novels in U.S. magazines were reprints of his published works. However, he published well over 200 other original short stories and essays in various British fiction magazines that were never seen in book form. Those works are now available in the multi-volume "Lost Stories" collection.

He married Phyllis Maude Merrill and lived up to his death in Eastlands on Brooklands Road in Weybridge, Surrey.

Books by Warwick Deeping[edit]

  • Uther and Igraine (1903), his first published novel
  • Love Among the Ruins (1904)
  • The Slanderers (1904)
  • The Seven Streams (1905)
  • Bess of the Woods (1906)
  • The Return of the Petticoat (1907)
  • Bertrand of Brittany (1908)
  • Mad Barbara, also known as These White Hands (1908)
  • The Red Saint (1909)
  • The Rust of Rome (1910)
  • Fox Farm, also known as The Eyes of Lover (1911)
  • Joan of the Tower (1911)
  • The Lame Englishman (1910)
  • Sincerity, also known as The Challenge of Love, The Strong Hand (1912)
  • The House of Spies (1913)
  • The White Gate (1913)
  • The Pride of Eve (1914)
  • The Shield of Love, also known as King Behind The King (1914)
  • Marriage by Conquest (1915)
  • Unrest, also known as Bridge of Desire (1916)
  • Martin Valliant (1917)
  • Countess Glika (1919)
  • Valour (1919)
  • Second Youth, also known as The Awakening (1919)
  • The Prophetic Marriage (1920)
  • The House of Adventure (1921)
  • Lantern Lane (1921)
  • Orchards, also known as The Captive Wife(1922)
  • Apples of Gold (1923)
  • The Secret Sanctuary or The Saving of John Stretton (1923)
  • Three Rooms (1924)
  • Suvla John (1924)
  • Sorrell and Son (1925)
  • Doomsday (1927)
  • Kitty (1927)
  • Old Pybus (1928)
  • Roper's Row (1929)
  • Exile (1930)
  • The Short Stories of Warwick Deeping, also known as Stories of Love, Courage, and Compassion (1930)
  • The Ten Commandments, also known as The Road (1931)
  • Old Wine and New (1932)
  • Smith (1932)
  • Two Black Sheep (1933)
  • Seven Men Came Back (1934)
  • The Man on the White Horse (1934)
  • Two In a Train and Other Stories (1935)
  • Sackcloth Into Silk, also known as The Golden Cord (1935)
  • No Hero—This (1936)
  • Blind Man's Year (1937)
  • The Malice of Men (1938)
  • Fantasia, also known as Bluewater (1939)
  • The Man Who Went Back (1940)
  • The Dark House (1941)
  • Corn in Egypt (1941)
  • I Live Again (1942)
  • Mr Gurney and Mr Slade, also known as The Cleric's Secret (1944)
  • The Impudence of Youth (1946)
  • Reprieve (1945)
  • Laughing House (1946)
  • Portrait of a Playboy, also known as The Playboy (1947)
  • Paradise Place (1949)
  • Old Mischief (1950)

The following were published posthumously

  • Time to Heal (1952)
  • Man in Chains (1953)
  • The Old World Dies (1954)
  • Caroline Terrace (1955)
  • The Serpents Tooth (1956)
  • The Sword and the Cross (1957)
  • The Lost Stories of Warwick Deeping - Volumes I,II, and III (2013) - A total of over 1700 pages, containing 118 short stories and novellas never published in book form. These works were seen only in British fiction magazines such as The Story-Teller, The New Magazine, and The Strand. All were originally published before 1923.


Movies based on Deeping's novels belong, with two exceptions, to the silent era. Unrest was filmed in 1920, Fox Farm in 1922, and Doomsday in 1928. Kitty (1929), directed by Victor Saville, was one of the first British talkies (arguably the very first; only the second half of the film had a soundtrack).

Sorrell and Son, based upon Deeping's experiences during the First World War, was filmed three times: It first appeared in 1927 as a silent movie, was remade in 1934 as a sound film, and turned into a TV mini-series in 1984.

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  1. ^ "University intelligence" The Times (London). Monday, 10 March 1902. (36711), p. 11.
  2. ^ "Deeping, George Warwick (DPN895GW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Ruth Franklin. Readers of the Pack: American Best-Selling Bookforum. Summer 2011.
  4. ^ Jones, Robert Kenneth. The Lure of "Adventure". Wildside Press, 2007, (p.27)