Gerald Bullett

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Gerald William Bullett (30 December 1893 – 3 January 1958)[1] was a British man of letters. He was known as a novelist, essayist, short story writer, critic and poet. He wrote both supernatural fiction and some children's literature.

Bullett was born in London and educated at Jesus College, Cambridge. During World War II he worked for the BBC in London, and after the war was a radio broadcaster. Bullett also contributed to the Times Literary Supplement. Politically, Bullett described himself as a "liberal socialist" and claimed to detest "prudery, Prohibition, blood sports, central heating, and literary tea parties".[2] Bullett was also an anti-fascist, describing fascism as "gangsterism on a national scale"; he publicly backed the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War.[3]

One of his novels was Mr. Godly Beside Himself (1924), a humorous fantasy story about a modern man who exchanges places with his doppelganger in fairyland. Brian Stableford likens Bullet's novel to other works of post-WWI British fantasy, such as Stella Benson's Living Alone (1919), and Hope Mirrlees' Lud-in-the-Mist (1926).[4]

Bullett was a great admirer of Walt Whitman, and wrote an essay on Whitman for the book Great Democrats by Alfred Barratt Brown. Here he described Whitman as "a man full-blooded and brotherly, unselfconscious in his democracy and genuinely at ease with all kinds and classes".[5]


  • The Progress Of Kay, A Series of Glimpses (1916)
  • The Street of the Eye and Nine Other Tales (1923)
  • Mr Godly Beside Himself (1924)
  • Walt Whitman: A Study and a Selection (1924)
  • The Baker's Cart And Other Tales (1925)
  • Modern English Fiction (1926)
  • Seed of Israel: Tales from the English Bible (1927).
  • The Spanish Caravel (1927), later The Happy Mariners (1956)
  • "Dreaming" (1928), essay
  • The World in Bud And Other Tales (1928)
  • Nicky Son of Egg (1929)
  • The History of Egg Pandervil (1929)
  • (ed.) Short Stories of To-day and Yesterday (1929)
  • Germany (1930)
  • Remember Mrs Munch (1931)
  • Marden Fee (1931)
  • Helen's Lovers And Other Tales (1932)
  • (ed.) The Testament of Light (1932), anthology
  • I'll Tell You Everything (1932), with J. B. Priestley
  • The Quick And The Dead (1933)
  • (ed.) The Pattern of Courtesy: An Anthology, Continuing the Testament of Light (1934)
  • Eden River (1934)
  • The Bubble (1934)
  • The Jury (1935) (filmed as The Last Man to Hang? in 1956)
  • The Snare of the Fowler: A Tragedy of Time & Chance (1936), as Sebastion Fox
  • Poems in Pencil (1937)
  • The Innocence of G. K. Chesterton (1937)
  • (ed.) A Book of Good Faith – Montaigne: A Miscellany of Passages (1938)
  • The Bending Sickle (1938), novel
  • Twenty Four Tales (1938)
  • (ed.) The Phœnix and Turtle (1938)
  • (ed.) The Jackdaw's Nest, A Fivefold Anthology (1939)
  • When the Cat's Away (1940)
  • A Man of Forty (1940)
  • (ed.) The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems (1942)
  • Winter Solstice (1943)
  • The Elderbrook Brothers (1945)
  • (ed.) Readings in English Literature: From Chaucer to Matthew Arnold (1945)
  • Judgment in Suspense (1946) novel
  • (tr.) The Golden Year of Fan Cheng-Ta: A Chinese Rural Sequence Rendered into English Verse (1946)
  • George Eliot (1947)
  • (ed.) Silver Poets of the 16th Century (1947)
  • Men at High Table and The House of Strangers (1948)
  • Poems (1949)
  • Cricket in Heaven (1949)
  • The English Mystics (1950)
  • Sydney Smith, a Biography and a Selection (1951)
  • The Trouble at Number Seven (1952)
  • News From The Village (1952), poems
  • The Alderman’s Son (1954), novel
  • Windows On A Vanished Time (1955)
  • The Daughters of Mrs Peacock 1957
  • The Peacock Brides (1958)
  • Ten-Minute Tales and some Others (1959)
  • Collected Poems (1959), selection by E. M. W. Tillyard


  1. ^ Michael Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction (Taplinger Pub. Co., 1978: ISBN 0-8008-8275-X), p. 45.
  2. ^ Twentieth century authors, a biographical dictionary of modern literature, edited by Stanley J. Kunitz and Howard Haycraft; (Third Edition). New York, The H.W. Wilson Company, 1950, (pp. 217-8)
  3. ^ Valentine Cunningham, Spanish front: writers on the civil war, Oxford University Press, 1986 ISBN 0192122584 (p.58).
  4. ^ Brian Stableford, "Bullett, Gerald (William)", in the St. James Guide To Fantasy Writers, ed. David Pringle, St. James Press, 1996, ISBN 1-55862-205-5,(p. 84-5).
  5. ^ Anthony Arblaster, Honouring The Democrats, Red Pepper, March 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.

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