The Dancing Floor

The Dancing Floor
The Dancing Floor  
1st US edition
Author(s) John Buchan
Country Scotland
Language English
Series Edward Leithen
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton (UK)
Houghton Mifflin (US)
Publication date 1926
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Preceded by Two Ordeals of Democracy
Followed by Homilies and Recreations

The Dancing Floor is a 1926 novel by John Buchan featuring Edward Leithen. It is the third of five novels written about the character of Leithen.

Basic Plot Summary

Edward Leithen is an eminent lawyer who is introduced to the young and handsome Vernon Milburne. By chance, Leithen meets Milburne once again and they become close friends. Milburne divulges that since childhood he has had a recurring dream in which an impending and unknown threat approaches year by year. The year in which the threat is due to occur, the two friends find themselves on the Greek island of Plakos where they must save the beautiful Koré Arabin from the superstitious islanders.

Mary Butts in a 1933 essay described The Dancing Floor as "one of the first novels to owe its origin to The Golden Bough".[1]


  • Sir Edward Leithen - a lawyer and Tory MP
  • Vernon Milburne - a tall, handsome young man who first appears as aloof and detached
  • Koré Arabin - a stubborn and yet vulnerable daughter of a malicious miscreant


  1. ^ Butts, Mary (1933). "Ghosties and Ghoulies: The Uses of the Supernatural in English Fiction". Ashe of Rings and Other Writings. Kingston, NY: McPherson & Co., p. 345.

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