Other Literary Forms
In addition to his stage plays, John Mortimer wrote in a variety of other genres. His earliest work was as a novelist (Charade, 1947; Rumming Park, 1948; Answer Yes or No, 1950; Like Men Betrayed, 1953; The Narrowing Stream, 1954; and Three Winters, 1956); in the late 1950’s, he wrote the first of many screenplays; he began writing specifically for television in 1960 and later wrote such popular successes as the Rumpole of the Bailey series (1975, 1978, 1979) and Brideshead Revisited (1981; adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s novel). He also continued to be a regular newspaper critic and interviewer. Mortimer published an autobiography, Clinging to the Wreckage: A Part of Life (1982). His later works include the novels Titmuss Regained (1990) and Dunster (1992) and in the 1990’s and into the twenty-first century, a series of short-story collections based on his Rumpole character.