Dennis Wheatley

Dennis Wheatley
Portrait by Allan Warren, 1975
Portrait by Allan Warren, 1975
BornDennis Yeats Wheatley
(1897-01-08)8 January 1897
London, England
Died10 November 1977(1977-11-10) (aged 80)
OccupationWriter, editor
GenreAdventure, occult, and historical fiction
Notable worksThe Devil Rides Out

Dennis Yeats Wheatley (8 January 1897 – 10 November 1977) was an English writer whose prolific output of thrillers and occult novels made him one of the world's best-selling authors from the 1930s through the 1960s. His Gregory Sallust series was one of the main inspirations for Ian Fleming's James Bond stories.[1]

Early life

Wheatley was born in South London to Albert David and Florence Elizabeth Harriet (Baker) Wheatley. He was the eldest of three children in the family, which owned Wheatley & Son of Mayfair, a wine business. He admitted to having little aptitude for schooling and was later expelled from Dulwich College for allegedly forming a "secret society" (as he mentions in his introduction to The Devil Rides Out).

Soon after his expulsion Wheatley became a British Merchant Navy officer cadet on the training ship HMS Worcester.

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