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David Stacton (David Derek Stacton) Biography

(1923–68), (David Derek Stacton), Dolores, A Ride on a Tiger, The Self-Enchanted, Remember Me

novels historical

American novelist, born in San Francisco, educated at the University of California. Stacton spent much of his writing career abroad. His early novels, of which the most significant are Dolores (1954), A Ride on a Tiger (1954), and The Self-Enchanted (1956), were first published in Britain and only latterly in the USA. Many of his better-known writings are historical novels, notably Remember Me (1957), a novel about King Ludwig II of Bavaria; A Dancer in Darkness (1960), about the Duchess of Malfi; and Sir William (1963), which fictionally reimagines the famous affair between Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton. Despite his proclivity for the historical, Stacton's style gravitates towards the gothic and melodramatic, though his characterizations are often powerfully psychological.

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over 8 years ago

I worked with David Stacton as a part of our service in Civilian Public Service at the New Hampshire State Psychiatric Hospital around 1944. For some reaon he is not listed at least under that name in the comprehenice directory published at the end of WWII. I remember him telling me that this was not his birth name and he seemed to know a lot about Hollywood life and personalities.He was a very unique personality amongst the rest of us conascientious objectors unique persons. I just by some chance found his biographical material, some of which varies from post-war hearsay. Can anyone help with my curiosity?