David Caute

David Caute

John David Caute (born December 16, 1936 in Alexandria, Egypt) is a British author, novelist, playwright, historian and journalist.[1][2]

Caute was educated at Edinburgh Academy, Wellington, Wadham College, Oxford and St Antony's College, Oxford. A Henry Fellow at Harvard, he was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford in 1959, but resigned in 1965. From 1966 to 1985 Caute held various academic positions, including Reader at Brunel University, and Visiting Professor at NYU. Columbia, UC Irvine, and Bristol University. He was Literary Editor of the New Statesman 1979-80, and Co-Chairman of the Writers' Guild of GB, 1982. His novel Comrade Jacob (1961) was adapted as the film Winstanley (1975). He has been a JP and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


  • At Fever Pitch, London: Deutsch, 1959; New York: Pantheon, 1959. - winner of the Author's Club First Novel Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.
  • Comrade Jacob, London: Deutsch, 1961; New York: Pantheon, 1962.
  • Communism and the French Intellectuals 1914-1960, London: Deutsch, 1964; New York: Macmillan, 1964.
  • The Left in Europe Since 1789, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1966; New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966.
  • The Decline of the West: A Novel, London: Deutsch, 1966; New York: Macmillan, 1966.
  • The Essential Writings of Karl Marx, edited, with an introduction, by Caute. London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1967; New York: Macmillan, 1968.
  • Fanon, London: Fontana Modern Masters, 1970; as Frantz Fanon, New York: Viking, 1970.
  • The Demonstration: A Play, London: Deutsch, 1970. Performed at the Nottingham Playhouse, 1969, Unity Theatre, 1970, and Junges Theater, Hamburg, 1971
  • The Occupation: A Novel, London: Deutsch, 1971; New York: McGraw-Hill, 1972.
  • The Illusion: An Essay on Politics, Theatre and the Novel, London: Deutsch, 1971; New York: Harper & Row, 1972.
  • The Fellow-Travellers: A Postscript to the Enlightenment, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1973; New York: Macmillan, 1973; revised edition, as The Fellow-Travellers: Intellectual Friends of Communism, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1988.
  • Collisions: Essays and Reviews, London: Quartet Books, 1974.
  • Cuba, Yes?, London: Secker & Warbung, 1974; New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974.
  • The Great Fear: The Anti-Communist Purge Under Truman and Eisenhower, London: Secker & Warburg, 1978; New York: Simon & Schuster, 1978.
  • The Baby-Sitters, as John Salisbury. London: Secker & Warburg, 1978; New York: Antheneum, 1978; republished as The Hour Before Midnight, New York: Dell, 1980.
  • Moscow Gold, as John Salisbury. London: Futura, 1980.
  • Under the Skin: The Death of White Rhodesia, London: Allen Lane, 1983; Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1983.
  • The K-Factor: A Novel, London: Joseph, 1983.
  • The Zimbabwe Tapes, a radio drama, BBC Radio, 1983
  • News from Nowhere, London: Hamilton, 1986.
  • The Espionage of the Saints: Two Essays on Silence and the State, London: Hamilton, 1986.
  • Henry and the Dogs, a radio drama, BBC Radio, 1986
  • Sanctions, a radio drama, BBC Radio, 1988
  • Sixty-Eight: The Year of the Barricades, London: Hamilton, 1988; as The Year of the Barricades: A Journey through 1968, New York: Harper & Row, 1988.[3]
  • Veronica; or, The Two Nations, London: Hamilton, 1989; New York: Viking Penguin, 1989.
  • The Women's Hour, London: Paladin (HarperCollins), 1991.
  • Joseph Losey: A Revenge on Life, London & Boston: Faber & Faber, 1994; New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Dr. Orwell and Mr. Blair: A Novel, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1994.
  • Animal Fun Park, a radio drama, BBC Radio, 1995
  • Fatima's Scarf, London: Totterdown Books, 1998.
  • The Dancer Defects, Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Marechera and the Colonel, London: Totterdown Books, 2009.
  • Politics and the Novel During the Cold War, Piscataway: New Jersey: Transaction, 2010.