William Gerhardie

(William Alexander Gerhardie)
UK flag (1895 - 1977)

William Alexander Gerhardie was born in St Petersburg, Russia, in 1895. As a young man he went to London and, when the First World War broke out, joined the army. He was first sent to Russia and later travelled the world before beginning to write. Futility (1922), his first novel, was sponsored by Katherine Mansfield, and other notable works of his include The Polyglots (1925) and Of Mortal Love (1936). Gerhardie's writing was acclaimed by and influential on many of his peers, including Anthony Powell, H.G. Wells, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene and Olivia Manning. He died in London in 1977.
Non fiction
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Anthologies containing stories by William Gerhardie
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Short stories
The Man Who Came Back