List of works by H. C. McNeile

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Articles 1
Stories 20
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Plays 3
Scripts 1
Books edited 1

Cyril McNeile, MC (born Herman Cyril McNeile; 1888–1937) was a British soldier and author.[1] During the First World War he wrote short stories based on his experiences in the trenches with the Royal Engineers.[2] These were published in the Daily Mail under the pseudonym Sapper, the nickname of his regiment,[3] and were later published as collections through Hodder & Stoughton.[4] McNeile also wrote a series of articles titled The Making of an Officer, which appeared under the initials C. N., in five issues of The Times between 8 and 14 June 1916;[5][6] these were also subsequently collected together and published.[5] During the course of the war, McNeile wrote more than 80 collected and uncollected stories.[7]

McNeile continued writing after he left the army in 1919, although he stopped writing war stories and began to publish thrillers.[8] In 1920 he published Bulldog Drummond, whose eponymous hero became his best-known creation.[9] The character was based on McNeile himself, his idea of an English gentleman and his friend Gerard Fairlie.[8][a] McNeile wrote ten Bulldog Drummond novels, as well as three plays and a screenplay.[11][12]

McNeile interspersed his Drummond work with other novels and story collections, including two characters who appeared as protagonists in their own works, Jim Maitland and Ronald Standish.[13][14] McNeile was one of the most successful British popular authors of the inter-war period,[15] before his death in 1937 from throat cancer, which has been attributed to being caught in a gas attack in the war.[1]

Short story collections

US cover of No Man's Land, published in 1917
The short story collections of H. C. McNeile
Title[16] Year of first publication First edition publisher Name or pseudonym used Ref.
The Lieutenant and Others 1915 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [9]
Sergeant Michael Cassidy, R.E. 1915 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [9]
Men, Women, and Guns 1916 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [9]
No Man's Land 1917 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [9]
The Human Touch 1918 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [9]
The Man in Ratcatcher, and other stories 1921 Hodder & Stoughton (London) McNeile [17]
The Dinner Club 1923 Hodder & Stoughton (London) McNeile [17]
Out of the Blue 1925 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [17]
Jim Brent 1926 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [18]
Word of Honour 1926 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [17]
Shorty Bill 1927 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [18]
The Saving Clause 1927 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [17]
When Carruthers Laughed 1927 George H. Doran Company (New York) McNeile [17][b]
John Walters 1927 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [18]
Sapper's War Stories 1930 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [4]
The Finger of Fate 1930 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [17]
Ronald Standish 1933 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [20]
51 Stories 1934 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [17]
Ask For Ronald Standish 1936 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [20]
The Best Short Stories 1984 Littlehampton Book Services (Littlehampton) Sapper [17]

Novels

First edition cover of Bulldog Drummond
The novels of H. C. McNeile
Title[16] Year of first publication First edition publisher Name or pseudonym used Ref.
Mufti 1919 Hodder & Stoughton (London) McNeile [8]
Bull-Dog Drummond 1920 Hodder & Stoughton (London) McNeile [8]
The Black Gang 1922 Hodder & Stoughton (London) McNeile [21]
Jim Maitland 1923 Hodder & Stoughton (London) McNeile [22]
The Third Round 1924 Hodder & Stoughton (London) McNeile [22]
The Final Count 1926 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [22]
The Female of the Species 1928 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [22]
Temple Tower 1929 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [22]
Tiny Carteret 1930 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [22]
The Island of Terror 1931 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [22]
The Return of Bull-Dog Drummond 1932 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [22]
Knock-Out 1933 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [20]
Bull-Dog Drummond at Bay 1935 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [20]
Challenge 1937 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [20]
Bulldog Drummond—His Four Rounds with Carl Peterson 1967 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Sapper [22][c]

Others

Poster for the 1922 film Bulldog Drummond, based on McNeile's play of the same name
Other works of H. C. McNeile
Title Year of first publication First edition publisher Category Name or pseudonym used Notes Ref.
The Making of an Officer 1916 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Newspaper articles C. N. Collection of articles first published in The Times [5]
Bulldog Drummond: A Play in Four Acts 1921 Samuel French Ltd (London) Play Sapper Co-published with Gerald du Maurier [19]
Bulldog Drummond 1929 Unpublished Screenplay Sapper Writing credit; based on the 1921 play of the same name [24][25]
The Way Out 1930 Unpublished Play Sapper Staged in January 1930 [11]
The Best of O. Henry 1930 Hodder & Stoughton (London) Short story collection McNeile, as editor Collection of stories by O. Henry [26]
Bulldog Jack 1935 Unpublished Screenplay McNeile With Gerard Fairlie, J.O.C. Orton and others; written for Gaumont British [27]
Bulldog Drummond Hits Out 1937 Unpublished Play McNeile Staged in 1937 [11]

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^ Bourn disputes the Fairlie background to the character, noting that it was Fairlie who made the claim, although "he was still at school when Sapper created his ... hero".[10]
  2. ^ Published in the UK in 1934 by Hodder & Stoughton under the pseudonym Sapper.[19]
  3. ^ Omnibus edition, containing Bull-Dog Drummond, The Black Gang, The Third Round and The Final Count.[23]

References

  1. ^ a b Green 2004.
  2. ^ Treadwell 2001, p. 111.
  3. ^ Bourn 1990, p. 25.
  4. ^ a b Jaillant 2011, p. 140.
  5. ^ a b c Jaillant 2011, p. 150.
  6. ^ C. N. (14 June 1916). "The Making of an Officer". The Times. London. p. 9. 
  7. ^ Bertens 1990, p. 51.
  8. ^ a b c d DelFattore 1988, p. 223.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Jaillant 2011, p. 137.
  10. ^ Bourn 1990, p. 31.
  11. ^ a b c DelFattore 1988, p. 226.
  12. ^ Neuburg 1983, p. 41.
  13. ^ Treadwell 2001, p. 152.
  14. ^ Usborne 1983, p. 178.
  15. ^ Fowler, Christopher (1 April 2012). "Invisibile Ink: No 117 – Sexton Blake and Bulldog Drummond". The Independent On Sunday. London. p. 66. 
  16. ^ a b DelFattore 1988, pp. 221–222.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i Treadwell 2001, p. 194.
  18. ^ a b c Jaillant 2011, p. 145.
  19. ^ a b DelFattore 1988, p. 221.
  20. ^ a b c d e DelFattore 1988, p. 225.
  21. ^ DelFattore 1988, p. 224.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i Treadwell 2001, p. 193.
  23. ^ Treadwell 2001, pp. 193–194.
  24. ^ "Credits: Bulldog Drummond". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  25. ^ Treadwell 2001, p. 22.
  26. ^ "The Best of O. Henry. One hundred of his stories chosen by Sapper.". British Library. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  27. ^ DelFattore 1988, p. 222.

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