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Michael Sadleir (25 December 1888–13 December 1957) was a British novelist and book collector.

He was born Michael Sadler, though upon beginning to publish novels he altered the spelling of his name to differentiate himself from his father, Michael Ernest Sadler, a historian and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds. The name change was precipitated by the scandal that followed the publication of Sadleir's novel Fanny by Gaslight, with some of the ensuing abuse being mistakenly directed at Sadleir's father.

Before the First World War, Sadleir and his father were keen collectors of contemporary art, and purchased works by young English artists such as Stanley Spencer and Mark Gertler. They were amongst the first collectors (and certainly the first English collectors) of the paintings of the Russian-born German Expressionist artist Wassily Kandinsky. In 1913, both Sadleir and his father travelled to Germany to meet Kandinsky in Munich. This visit led to Sadleir translating into English Kandinsky's seminal written work work on expressionism, Concerning the Spiritual In Art in 1914. This was one of the first coherent arguments for abstract art in the English language and its effects were profound. Extracts from it were published in the Vorticist literary magazine BLAST in 1914, and it had a major impact on the development of abstract art in Britain and North America right up until the 1960s. Sadleir's translation is still in print, and it remains one of the most commonly-used versions of Kandinsky's book in the English language.

Sadleir was director of the publishing firm of Constable & Robinson, a British delegate to the Paris Peace Conference, 1919, a member of the secretariat of the League of Nations, a novelist, a bibliographer and book collector. As collector and literary historian, he specialized in 19th century English fiction, notably the work of Anthony Trollope. He also conducted research on Gothic fiction and discovered rare original editions of the Northanger Horrid Novels mentioned in the novel Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Beforehand, some of these books, with their lurid titles, were thought to be figments of Austen's imagination. Sadleir and Montague Summers demonstrated that they did really exist. He was President of the Bibliographical Society from 1944 to 1946.

His best known novel is Fanny by Gaslight (1940), filmed in 1944, a fictional exploration of prostitution in Victorian London. His writings also include a biography of his father.

Sadleir's remarkable collection of Victorian fiction, now at the UCLA Department of Special Collections, is the subject of a catalogue published in 1951.

Sadleir lived at Througham Court, Bisley, in Gloucestershire, a fine Jacobean farmhouse altered for him by the architect Norman Jewson, c. 1929.

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Total Books: 29
Excursions in Victorian Bibliography
2010 - Excursions in VIctorian Bibliography (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781152454651
ISBN-10: 115245465X

Privilege a Novel of the Transition
2009 - Privilege a Novel of the Transition (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781151061058
ISBN-10: 1151061050

Naboth's Vineyard A Novel
2009 - Naboth's VIneyard a Novel (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781117241241
ISBN-10: 1117241246

The Political Career of Richard Brinsley Sheridan  Followed by Some Hitherto Unpublished Letters of Mrs Sheridan
2009 - The Political Career of Richard Brinsley Sheridan Followed By Some Hitherto Unpublished Letters of Mrs Sheridan [the Stanhope Essay for 1912 - 1912] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781112377914
ISBN-10: 1112377913

2009 - Privilege (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780217034579
ISBN-10: 0217034578

Excursions in Victorian Bibliography -1922
2009 - Excursions in VIctorian Bibliography -1922 (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781112183300
ISBN-10: 1112183302

2006 - Trollope (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781406731255
ISBN-10: 1406731250

Barchester Towers
1989 - Barchester Towers [Barsetshire Novels] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780195208139
ISBN-10: 0195208137
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

These Foolish Things
1986 - These Foolish Things [Modern Romance Classics] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780720606706
ISBN-10: 0720606705

Fanny by Gaslight
1983 - Fanny By Gaslight (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140060058
ISBN-10: 0140060057
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Blessington-d'orsay (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780094517509
ISBN-10: 0094517509

Trollope A Commentary
Trollope a Commentary (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780094517707
ISBN-10: 0094517703

The Evolution of Publishers' Binding Styles 1700-1900
The Evolution of Publishers' Binding Styles 1700-1900 [The History of Bookbinding and Design Vol 16] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780824040413
ISBN-10: 0824040414

Things Past
Things Past (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780827409293
ISBN-10: 082740929X

The Northanger novels A footnote to Jane Austen
The Northanger Novels a Footnote to Jane Austen (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780841476097
ISBN-10: 0841476098

XIX Century Fiction A Bibliographical Record Based on His Own Collection