Henry De Vere Stacpoole

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Henry De Vere Stacpoole (9 April 1863 – 12 April 1951) was an Irish author, born in Ireland in Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire). His best known work is the 1908 romance novel The Blue Lagoon, which has been adapted to film on at least four occasions. He published using his own name and sometimes the pseudonym Tyler De Saix.

After a brief career as a ship's doctor, which took him to numerous exotic locations in the South Pacific Ocean, later used in his fiction, he became a full-time writer, able to live comfortably after the success of The Blue Lagoon.

He lived in the Essex countryside in England before relocating to the Isle of Wight in the 1920s, where he remained until his death. He was buried at St Boniface Church, Bonchurch on the Isle of Wight in 1951.

Works[edit]

  • The Intended: A Novel (1894)
  • Pierrot! A Story (novel) (1895)
  • Death, the Knight, and the Lady: A Ghost Story (novel) (1897)
  • The Doctor: A Study from Life (novel) (1899)
  • The Rapin (novel) (1899). Republished as Toto: A Parisian Sketch (1910).
  • The Bourgeois (1901)
  • The Lady-Killer (1902)
  • Fanny Lambert: A Novel (1906)
  • The Golden Astrolabe, co-authored by W. A. Bryce (1906).
  • The Meddler: A Novel of Sorts, co-authored by W. A. Bryce (1907).
  • The Crimson Azaleas: A Novel (1908)
  • The Blue Lagoon (novel) (1908)
  • The Cottage on the Fells (novel) (1908). Republished as Murder on the Fell (1937)
  • Patsy: A Story (novel) (1908)
  • The Reavers: A Tale of Wild Adventure on the Moors of Lorne, co-authored by W. A. Bryce (1908)
  • The Man Without a Head, using the pseudonym Tyler De Saix (1908)
  • The Vulture's Prey, using the pseudonym Tyler De Saix (1908)
  • Garryowen: The Romance of a Race-Horse (novel) (1909)
  • The Pools of Silence (novel) (1909)
  • The Cruise of the King Fisher: A Tale of Deep-Sea Adventure (1910)
  • The Drums of War (1910)
  • Poems and Ballads (Stacpoole)|Poems and Ballads (collection) (1910)
  • The Ship of Coral: A Tropical Romance (1911)
  • The Order of Release (novel)|The Order of Release (1912)
  • The Street of the Flute-Player: A Romance (novel) (1912)
  • Molly Beamish (1913)
  • Bird Cay (1913)
  • The Children of the Sea: A Romance (1913)
  • Father O'Flynn (1914)
  • Feyshad (short children's story) (unknown), included in Poppyland (1914)
  • The Little Prince (Stacpoole story)|The Little Prince (children's story) (unknown), included in Poppyland (1914)
  • Pierrette (book)|Pierrette (children's stories) (1900), republished as Poppyland (1914)
  • The Story of Abdul and Hafiz (short children's story) (unknown), included in Poppyland (1914)
  • The Poems of François Villon (translations) (1914)
  • Monsieur de Rochefort: A Romance of Old Paris (1914), published in the US as The Presentation (1914)
  • The New Optimism (1914)
  • The Blue Horizon: Romance from the Tropics and the Sea (1915)
  • The North Sea and Other Poems (1915)
  • The Pearl Fishers (novel)|The Pearl Fishers (1915)
  • The Red Day (fictional diary) (1915)
  • The Reef of Stars: A Romance of the Tropics (1916), published in the US as The Gold Trail (1916)
  • Corporal Jacques of the Foreign Legion (1916)
  • François Villon: His Life and Times, 1431-1463 (Biography in literature|literary biography) (1916)
  • In Blue Waters (1917)
  • Sea Plunder (1917)
  • The Starlit Garden: A Romance of the South (1917), published in the US as The Ghost Girl (1918)
  • The Willow Tree: The Romance of a Japanese Garden (1918)
  • The Man Who Lost Himself (novel)|The Man Who Lost Himself (novel) (1918)
  • The Beach of Dreams: A Story of the True World (1919)
  • Under Blue Skies (1919)
  • Sappho: A New Rendering (translations) (1920)
  • A Man of the Islands (1920)
  • Uncle Simon (novel)|Uncle Simon, co-authored by Margaret Stacpoole (1920), published in the US as The Man Who Found Himself (1920)
  • Satan: A Story of the Sea King's Country (1921)
  • Satan: A Romance of the Bahamas (1921), filmed as The Truth About Spring (1965)
  • Men, Women, and Beasts (1922)
  • Vanderdecken: The Story of a Man (1922)
  • The Garden of God (1923) (sequel to The Blue Lagoon)
  • Golden Ballast (1924)
  • Ocean Tramps (1924)
  • The House of Crimson Shadows: A Romance (1925)
  • The Gates of Morning (1925) (sequel to The Garden of God)
  • The City in the Sea (Stacpoole novel)|The City in the Sea (1925)
  • Stories East and West: Tales of Men and Women (1926)
  • The Mystery of Uncle Bollard (1927)
  • Goblin Market: A Romance (novel) (1927)
  • Tropic Love (1928)
  • Roxanne (novel)|Roxanne (1928), published in the US as The Return of Spring (1928)
  • Eileen of the Trees (1929)
  • The Girl of the Golden Reef: A Romance of the Blue Lagoon (1929)
  • The Tales of Mynheer Amayat (1930)
  • The Chank Shell: A Tropical Romance of Love and Treasure (1930), published in the US as The Island of Lost Women (1930).
  • Pacific Gold (book)|Pacific Gold (1931)
  • Love on the Adriatic (1932)
  • The Lost Caravan (1932)
  • Mandarin Gardens (1933)
  • The Naked Soul: The Story of a Modern Knight (1933)
  • The Blue Lagoon Omnibus (1933)
  • The Vengeance of Mynheer Van Lok and Other Stories (1934)
  • The Longshore Girl: A Romance (novel) (1935)
  • Green Coral (a collection of stories) (1935)
  • The Sunstone (1936)
  • In a Bonchurch Garden: Poems and Translations (1937)
  • Ginger Adams (1937)
  • High-Yaller (1938)
  • Old Sailors Never Lie and Other Tales of Land and Sea by One of Them (1938)
  • Due East of Friday (1939)
  • An American at Oxford (1941)
  • Men and Mice, 1863-1942 (autobiography)|Men and Mice, 1863–1942 (autobiography) (1942)
  • Oxford Goes to War: A Novel (1943)
  • More Men and Mice (autobiography)|More Men and Mice (autobiography) (1945)
  • Harley Street: A Novel (1946)
  • The Story of My Village (novel) (1947)
  • The Land of Little Horses. A Story (novel) (1949)
  • The Man in Armour (novel) (1949)

Films based on De Vere Stacpoole's books[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • E. A. Malone, "H. de Vere Stacpoole", Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 153: Late-Victorian and Edwardian British Novelists, First Series, edited by G. M. Johnson, Detroit: Gale, 1995, pp. 278–287.
  • R. F. Hardin, "The Man Who Wrote The Blue Lagoon: Stacpoole's Pastoral Center", English Literature in Transition (1880–1920), vol. 39, no. 2, 1996, pp. 205–20.
  • C. Deméocq, "Henry de Vere Stacpoole aux Kerguelen", Carnets de l'Exotisme, vol. 17–18, 1996, pp. 151–52.

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