Maurice Baring (27 April 1874 – 14 December 1945) was a versatile English man of letters, known as a dramatist, poet, novelist, translator and essayist, and also as a travel writer and war correspondent.

He was the eighth child, and fifth son, of Edward Charles Baring, first Baron Revelstoke, of the Baring banking family, and his wife Louisa Emily Charlotte Bulteel, granddaughter of the second Earl Grey. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. After an abortive start on a diplomatic career, he travelled widely, particularly in Russia. He reported as an eye-witness on the Russo-Japanese War for the London Morning Post.[1]

At the start of World War I he joined the Royal Flying Corps, where he served as assistant to Trenchard. In 1918 Baring served as a staff officer in the Royal Air Force and was appointed OBE. In 1925 Baring received an honorary commission as a wing commander in the Reserve of Air Force Officers.

After the war he enjoyed a period of success as a dramatist, and began to write novels. He suffered from chronic illness in the last years of his life; for the final 15 years of his life he was debilitated by Parkinson's Disease.

He was widely connected socially, to some of the Cambridge Apostles, to The Coterie, and to the literary group around G. K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc in particular. He was staunch in his anti-intellectualism with respect to the arts, and a convinced practical joker. He became a Roman Catholic convert in 1909.[2]


  • 1905 -- With the Russians in Manchuria. London: Methuen. OCLC 811786
  • 1910 -- The Glass Mender and Other Stories (1910)
  • 1913 -- Letters from the Near East (1913)
  • Dear Animated Bust Letters to Lady Juliet Duff (1915-1918)
  • 1920 --Flying Corps Headquarters 1914-1918 (1920)
  • 1921 -- Passing By (1921) novel
  • 1922 -- The Puppet Show of Memory (1922) autobiography
  • 1924 -- C (1924), novel
  • 1925 -- Cat's Cradle (1925) novel
  • 1925 -- Half a Minute's Silence and Other Stories (1925)
  • 1926 -- Daphne Adeane (1926) novel
  • 1929 -- The Coat Without Seam (1929) novel
  • 1930 -- Robert Peckham (1930) historical novel
  • The Collected Poems of Maurice Baring - poetry
  • Comfortless Memory - novel
  • Darby and Joan - novel
  • Have You Anything to Declare? - collection of notes and quotes
  • In My End is My Beginning - novel & biography about Mary Stuart
  • The Lonely Lady of Dulwich - novella
  • Lost Diaries and Dead Letters - satirical collection
  • Lost Lectures - imaginary lectures
  • Orpheus in Mayfair & Other Stories - short stories
  • Overlooked - short story
  • Punch & Judy - collection of essays and short stories
  • Tinker's Leave - novel
  • Also edited The Oxford Book Of Russian Verse published by Clarendon (1924)


  1. Mosley, Charles. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage (Vol. 3), p. 3324; Baring, Maurice. (1906). With the Russians in Manchuria, p. vi.
  2. Baring, Maurice. (1922). The Puppet Show of Memory, pp. 395-396.


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