Richard Davenport-Hines  

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Richard Davenport-Hines (born 1953) is a British writer, best known for his biography of the poet W. H. Auden.

He also writes and reviews in a number of literary journals.

He has also written on the history of the Gothic.


  • Dudley Docker: The Life and Times of a Trade Warrior (1984)
  • Markets and Bagmen, Studies in the History of Marketing and British Industrial Performance, 1830 – 1939 (1986)
  • Speculators and Patriots: Essays in Business Biography (1986)
  • Business in the Age of Reason (1987) editor with Jonathan Liebenau
  • Enterprise Management and Innovation (1988) with Geoffrey Jones
  • British Business in Asia Since 1860 (1989) editor with Geoffrey Jones
  • The End of Insularity - Essays in Comparative Business History (1989) editor with Geoffrey Jones
  • Business in the Age of Depression & War (1990) editor
  • Capital Entrepreneurs and Profits (1990) editor
  • Sex , Death and Punishment: Attitudes To Sex & Sexuality In Britain Since The Renaissance (1990)
  • Glaxo A History to 1962 (1992) with Judy Slinn
  • The Macmillans (1992)
  • Vice - An Anthology (1993) editor
  • Auden (1995)
  • Gothic: Four Hundred Years of Excess, Horror, Evil and Ruin
  • The Pursuit of Oblivion: A global history of narcotics 1500-2000 (2001)
  • A Night at the Majestic (2006), on Sydney Schiff's dinner of the talents

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