Francis Wyndham (writer)

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Francis Wyndham
Francis Guy Percy Wyndham

(1924-07-02)2 July 1924
London, England
Died28 December 2017(2017-12-28) (aged 93)
Alma materEton College
Occupation(s)Journalist, author
AwardsCosta First Novel Award

Francis Guy Percy Wyndham FRSL (2 July 1924 – 28 December 2017)[1] was an English author, literary editor and journalist.

Life and work[edit]

Francis Wyndham was born in London in 1924 to Violet Lutetia Leverson and Guy Percy Wyndham. His mother was the daughter and biographer of the writer Ada Leverson (a friend of Oscar Wilde, whom Wilde called "Sphynx"). His father was a retired soldier and diplomat, had been a member of "The Souls", and was significantly older than his mother ("more like a grandfather really"[2]). Wyndham also had a brother and, from his father's earlier marriage, a half-brother and half-sister, the photographer Olivia Wyndham (another son from this earlier marriage had died in the First World War).[2]

He graduated from Eton in 1940, spent a year at Oxford University and then was drafted into the army in 1942 until it was discovered he was suffering from TB. He was discharged and returned to London, where he began writing reviews for The Times Literary Supplement and short stories (collected in Out of the War). From 1953 he worked in publishing, first for Derek Verschoyle and then for André Deutsch as a reader (where he became involved with the writing careers of, and friends with, Bruce Chatwin, V. S. Naipaul, Jean Rhys and Edward St Aubyn). He left to become an editor at Queen magazine and in 1964 was hired by The Sunday Times (moving with his friend Mark Boxer), where he stayed until 1980.[3] He became Jean Rhys' literary executor[4] after her death in 1979.

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Out of the War (1974)
  • Mrs Henderson and Other Stories (1985)
  • The Other Garden (1987)

Essays and non-fiction[edit]

  • Co-author with David King of Trotsky: A Documentary (1972)
  • The Theatre of Embarrassment (1991)




  1. ^ "Francis Guy Percy Wyndham - Deaths Announcements - Telegraph Announcements".
  2. ^ a b Cooke, Rachel (17 August 2008). "'It was a monologue, but it was a monologue that I wanted to hear'". The Observer.
  3. ^ "Francis Wyndham". Author biography. New York Review of Books.
  4. ^ Thomas, Sue (1999). The Worlding of Jean Rhys. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-310-92-0.

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