Hanley, James

James Hanley
James Hanley. Image source ulib.niu.edu

James Hanley claimed he was born in Dublin on 3 September 1901, but was actually born in Liverpool in 1897 to Irish parents.

His novel Boy was the subject of an obscenity charge in Manchester in early 1936 – to which his publishers pleaded guilty and were heavily fined. The book was withdrawn and all remaining copies destroyed.

His novels and stories are Drift – Novel (Eric Partridge, The Scholartis Press, London 1930); The German Prisoner – Novella (Privately printed, London 1930); A Passion Before Death – Novella (Privately printed, London 1930); The Last Voyage – Novella (London, Joiner and Steele, 1931); Men in Darkness – Five Stories (London, The Bodley Head, 1931); Boy – Novel ( London, Boriswood, 1931); Stoker Haslett – Novella (Joiner and Steele,19 32); Aria and Finale – Three Novellas ( London, Boriswood, 1932); Ebb and Flood – Novel (London, The Bodley Head, 1932); Captain Bottell – Novel (London, Boriswood, 1933); Resurrexit Dominus – Novel (Privately Printed, London 1934); Quartermaster Clausen – Novella (London, The White Owl Press, 1934); The Furys – Novel (London, Chatto and Windus, 1935); At Bay – Novella (London, Grayson & Grayson, 1935); Stoker Bush – Novel (Chatto and Windus, 1935); The Secret Journey – Novel (Chatto and Windus, 1936); Broken Water – Autobiography (Chatto and Windus, 1937); Grey Children – Documentary (London, Methuen, 1937); Half an Eye – Short Stories (The Bodley Head, London 1937); Hollow Sea – Novel (The Bodley Head, London 1938); People Are Curious – Stories (The Bodley Head, 1938); Between the Tides – Essays (Methuen, 1939); Our Time is Gone – Novel (The Bodley Head, 1940); The Ocean – Novel (London, Faber and Faber, 1941); No Directions – Novel (Faber and Faber, 1943); Sailor’s Song – Novel (London, Nicholson & Watson, 1943); At Bay and Other Stories (Faber and Faber, 1944); Crilley and Other Stories (Nicholson & Watson, 1945); What Farrar Saw – Novel (Nicholson & Watson, 1946); Selected Stories (Dublin, Maurice Fridberg, 1947); Emily – Novel (Nicholson & Watson, 1948); Winter Song – Novel (London. Phoenix House, 1950); Walk in the Wilderness – Stories (Phoenix House, 1950); A House in the Valley – Novel [as Patric Shone] (London, Jonathan Cape, 1951); The Closed Harbour – Novel (London, Macdonald, 1952); Collected Stories (Macdonald, 1953); The Welsh Sonata – Novel (London. Derek Verschoyle, 1954); Levine – Novel (Macdonald, 1956); An End and a Beginning – Novel (Macdonald, 1958); Say Nothing – Novel (Macdonald, 1962); Another World – Novel (Andre Deutsch, 1972) A Woman in the Sky – Novel (Andre Deutsch, 1973); Dream Journey – Novel (Andre Deutsch, 1976); and A Kingdom – Novel (Andre Deutsch, 1978).

His essays are Don Quixote Drowned (London, Macdonald, 1953).

His plays include The Inner Journey – Three Act Play (Black Raven Press, London 1965); and Plays One – Two Plays (Kaye & Ward, London 1968).

He died in London in November 1985.


*Special thanks to Chris Gostick.


Wikipedia entry on James Hanley

See publishing history of Boy

James Hanley at The National Library of Ireland