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Leonard  Wibberley
[1915-1983]

Leonard Wibberley portrait by Al Frederick          short profile

'Mouse' series

other works
Treegate Chronicles
A Life of Thomas Jefferson
Father Joseph Bredder mysteries

links

family


"In any argument, the victor is always right."
Leonard Wibberley

               Leonard Patrick O'Connor Wibberley was born on 9 April 1915 in Dublin, Ireland. After leaving school early and working various jobs, he began a career as a newspaper reporter & editor & foreign correspondent in London and Trinidad, West Indies and New York City. In 1947, he moved permanently to California, and after publication of his first novel "The King's Beard" [1952], he settled in Hermosa Beach, living on 24th Street and working in his book-lined second-story aerie, while his wife taught school there. The 1959 feature film of "The Mouse That Roared" starring Peter Sellers brought him fame, if not fortune.
               He fathered seven children: His marriage in Trinidad to the dance writer Olga Maynard [1913-94] produced son Patrick Maynard, a philosophy professor based in Canada; Wibberley's marriage in California to Hazel Holton produced another son, film writer Cormac Wibberley, who often teams with his wife Marianne Wibberley.
               Leonard Wibberley's lifetime output included over 100 books, a newspaper column, and many poems & short stories & plays. He died of a heart attack at age 78 on 22 November 1983 at a Santa Monica, California hospital.


Leonard Wibberley entry at Wikipedia
Leonard Wibberley's credits [1953-72] at Internet Movie Database



The Mouse Books

the flag of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick

Grand Fenwick entry at Wikipedia

"The  Mouse  That  Roared:  A  Novel" [Little, Brown 1955]
shorter version serialized in the weekly Saturday Evening Post Magazine
in December 1954 and January 1955 as "The Day New York Was Invaded"
Mouse That Roared novel  The tiny Duchy of Grand Fenwick decides to invade the United States, so that they can lose the war and then receive foreign aid. But the ragtag invasion force, armed only with medieval long-bows, lands in New York City during a nuclear drill, wander about hoping to find someone to surrender to, and instead discover a scientist and his beautiful daughter. The tiny army kidnaps the two along with an 'ultimate weapon', resulting in capitulation by the U.S. and making Grand Fenwick a world power.
Four Walls Eight Windows 8¼x5¼ pb [1/2003] out of print/used
Bantam mass pb [8/84] out of print/used
Amereon 9x6 hardcover [12/85] out of print/used
Mouse That Roared video  
feature film [Columbia Pictures Oct 1959]
Directed by Jack Arnold; starring Peter Sellers {in 3 roles}, Jean Seberg, Leo McKern & David Kossoff
Columbia/TriStar widescreen DVD [7/2003] for $11.99
Sony color VHS [6/94] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

playscript adapted by Christopher Sergel
license/script available at Dramatic Publng Co.


"Beware  of  The  Mouse" [Putnam 1958]
Beware of The Mouse novel  The story of Sir Roger's conquest of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick
in 1370. Illustrated by Cathy Hill

Borgo Press pb [6/78] out of print/used
Putnam 8½x5½ hardcover [6/58] out of print/used


"The Mouse On The Moon" [Wm. Morrow 1962]
The Mouse On The Moon novel  The castle of Grand Fenwick has a hot water problem; Grand Duchess Gloriana requests foreign aid from the U.S. for Space Research; the Russians compete by sending aid as well. While Gloriana is dreaming of hot baths, the Duchy's one scientist is slapping together a rocket; the U.S. and the Soviets get wind of the impending launch and try to beat them to the moon.
Wm. Morrow mass pb [1/62] out of print/many used
Wm. Morrow hardcover [6/62] out of print/used
Mouse On The Moon movie  feature film [Lopert / United Artists June 1963]
Directed by Richard Lester; script adapted by Michael Pertwee; starring Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Bernard Cribbins, David Kossoff, Terry-Thomas, June Ritchie, John Le Mesurier, John Phillips, Eric Barker & Roddy McMillan
M.G.M. widescreen color DVD [12/2000] for $12.99
M.G.M. color VHS [11/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb


"The Mouse On Wall Street" [Wm. Morrow 1969]
Mouse On Wall Street novel  "Another Mad Irresistible Story About The Little Duchy That Shook Mighty America With Laughter!"
After the success of their invasion of the United States, the Duchy of Grand Fenwick is awash with money. Too much money causes inflation, so the ministers decide to lose money on the New York stock market . . .
Bantam mass pb [1/71] out of print/used
Wm. Morrow hardcover [9/69] out of print/used


"The Mouse That Saved The West: A Novel"
[Wm. Morrow 1981]
Mouse That Saved The West novel  Through international diplomacy – well, actually, through duplicity and dumb luck – the Duchy of Grand Fenwick defeats O.P.E.C. and provides a happy solution to the world's oil crisis.
Wm. Morrow hardcover [4/81] out of print/used


"The  Mouse  On  Mars" [undated]
playscript adapted by Christopher Sergel
license/script available at Dramatic Publng Co.



Other  Works
Leonard Wibberley also published books under the pseudonyms
Patrick O'Connor, Christopher Webb & Leonard Holton

browse books by Leonard Wibberley

"The Time of The Lamb: A Christmas Story" [1951]
first novel "The King's Beard" [1952]
"The Coronation Book: The Dramatic Story In History & Legend" [1953]
"The Secret of The Hawk" [1953]
"Mrs. Searwood's Secret Weapon" [Little, Brown, 1954]
"Deadmen's Cave" [1954]
"McGillicuddy McGotham" [Little, Brown, 1956]

Complete Life of Winston Churchill book by Leonard Wibberley  "The Complete Life of Winston Churchill" [1956]
by Leonard Wibberley

Farrar Straus & Giroux hardcover [1965] out of print/used
Farrar Straus & Giroux hardcover [1961] out of print/used
Ariel Books hardcover [1956] out of print/used
Ariel Books/Farrar, Straus & Cudahy leatherbound hardcover [1956] out of print/rare
see also Spirit of America Bookstore's Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965] Page

"The Trouble With The Irish (or The English, Depending On Your Point of View)" [1956]
"Take Me To Your President" [Putnam, 1957]
"The Coming of The Green" [1958]
"Wes Powell: Conqueror of The Grand Canyon" [1958]
"No Garlic In The Soup: A Portugese Adventure" [1959]
"The Land That Isn't There: An Irish Adventure" [1960]
"Stranger At Killknock" [Putnam, 1961]
"The Ballad of The Pilgrim Cat" [1961]
"The Wound of Peter Wayne" [1961]
"Yesterday's Land: A Baja California Adventure" [1961]
"Zebulon Pike: Soldier and Explorer" [1961]
"Ventures Into The Deep: The Thrill of Scuba Diving" [1962]
"Ah, Julian!: A Memoir of Julian Brodetsky" [1963] Millefleurs 1987 ISBN 0893703419 HB
"The Shepherd's Reward: A Christmas Legend" [1963]
"Fiji: Islands of The Dawn" [1964]
"A Feast of Freedom" [Wm. Morrow, 1964]
"The Island of The Angels" [Wm. Morrow, 1964]
"The Centurion: A Novel of The Ministry & Passion of Christ" [Wm. Morrow, 1966] HB 0688025897
"Toward A Distant Island: A Sailor's Odyssey" [1966]
"The Epics of Everest" [Laurel-Leaf Mayflower 1966] B0007DMKPS
"The Road From Toomi" [Wm. Morrow, 1967]
"Kevin O'Connor and The Light Brigade" [1967]
"Encounter Near Venus" [1967]
"Something To Read" collection [1967]
"The Hands of Cormac Joyce" [Wm. Morrow, 1967]
+ movie 1972 http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0130755/
"Adventures of An Elephant Boy" [Wm. Morrow, 1968]
"South Swell" [1968]
"Attar of The Ice Valley" [1968]
"Hound of The Sea: The Story of A Racing Yacht" [June 1969]
"Journey To Untor" [1970]
"Beyond Hawaii" [1970]
"Meeting With A Great Beast" [Wm. Morrow, 1971]
"Voyage By Bus: Seeing America By Land Yacht" [1971]

Flint's Island novel by Leonard Wibberley  "Flint's Island: A Sequel To Treasure Island" [FS&G 1972]
Bethlehem Books 8½x5½ pb [3/96] out of print/used
Farrar Straus & Giroux 8x5¾ hardcover [4/72] out of print/used

Spirit of America's Robert Louis Stevenson [1850-94] Page

"The Testament of Theophilus: A Novel of Christ and Caesar" [Wm. Morrow, 1973?]
"The Shannon Sailors: A Voyage To The Heart of Ireland" [1972]
"The Last Stand of Father Felix" [Wm. Morrow, 1973]
"The Seven Hills" mass pb [1973]
"Guarneri: Violin Maker of Genius" [1974]
"1776 – and All That: A Full-length Play" [Wm. Morrow, 1975]
"Once, In A Garden: A Full-length Play" [1975]
"One In Four" [Wm. Morrow, 1976]
"Homeward To Ithaca" [Wm. Morrow, 1978]
"Perilous Gold" [1978] dad & son seek treasure using submarine
"The Quest of Excalibur" [1979]
"The Good-Natured Man: A Portrait of Oliver Goldsmith" [1979]
"The Crime of Martin Coverly" [1980] time travel for 6 yr-olds?
"To Writers With Love" [1985]

Shamrocks & Sea Silver  "Shamrocks and Sea Silver, and Other Illuminations" [1992]
collected short works; edited by Christopher & Hazel Wibberley

Millefleurs / Wildside hardcover [12/92] out of print/scarce
Borgo Press 8x5¼ hardcover [12/92] out of print/scarce

"Two Angels On Duty" one-act play [undated]
Adapted by Marc Bucci from the story by Leonard Wibberley
license/script available at Dramatic Publng Co.

His favorite novels were the African trilogy
"The Road From Toomi" [Wm. Morrow, 1967]
"Meeting With A Great Beast" [Wm. Morrow, 1971]
"The Last Stand of Father Felix" [Wm. Morrow, 1973]

"Treegate  Chronicles"  historical  fiction  series
These seven novels take place during the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
"John Treegate's Musket" [1959]
"Peter Treegate's War" [1960]
"Sea Captain From Salem" [1961]
"Treegate's Raiders" [1962]
"Leopard's Prey" [1971]
"Red Pawns" [1973] 1992 Peter Smith Publr 0844665584
"The Last Battle" [1976]

A  Life  of  Thomas  Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson [1743-1826] Page at Spirit of America

"Young Man From The Piedmont: The Youth of Thomas Jefferson" [1963]
FS&G hardcover [1/2000] out of print/used
FS&G hardcover [1/63] out of print/used
FS&G / Ariel hardcover [1/63] out of print/used

"A Dawn In The Trees: Thomas Jefferson - The Years 1776 to 1789" [1964]
FS&G hardcover [8/88] out of print/used
FS&G hardcover [1/66] out of print/used
FS&G / Ariel hardcover [1/64] out of print/used

"The Gales of Spring: Thomas Jefferson - The Years 1789-1801" [1965]
FS&G hardcover [1/2000] out of print/used
FS&G 8x5¼ hardcover [1/65] out of print/used

"Time of The Harvest: Thomas Jefferson - The Years 1801-1826" [1966]
FS&G hardcover [1/67] out of print/used
FS&G hardcover [1/66] out of print/used

"Man of Liberty: A Life of Thomas Jefferson" [1968]
FS&G hardcover [6/68] out of print/used

The  Father  Joseph  Bredder  mystery  novels
written under the pseudonym Leonard Holton for Dodd, Mead & Co. in New York
PG's fanpage for the Father Joseph Bredder mystery novels

Saint Maker mystery novel by Leonard Wibberley (pen name as Leonard Holton)  "The Saint Maker" [#1=1959]
Father Bredder gives Mother Superior a bag containing a melon, but when she opens it, it contains a severed human head.
Dell mass pb [1961] out of print/used
Dell mass pb [1961] out of print/used
Dodd, Mead hardcover [1959] out of print/used
Pact With Satan mystery novel by Leonard Wibberley (pen name as Leonard Holton)  "A Pact With Satan" [#2=1960]
Father Bredder agrees to help the police solve a double murder by acting as bait.
Dell/Chapel mass pb [1962] out of print/used
Dodd, Mead hardcover [1960] out of print/used
Secret of The Doubting Saint mystery novel by Leonard Wibberley (pen name as Leonard Holton)   "Secret of The Doubting Saint" [#3=Dodd, Mead 1961]
Father Bredder gets involved in the death of a millionaire TV producer and the disappearance of a fabulous diamond.
Dell mass pb [1965] out of print/used
Dell mass pb [1965] out of print/used
Deliver Us From Wolves mystery novel by Leonard Wibberley (pen name as Leonard Holton)  "Deliver Us From Wolves" [#4=1963]
Father Bredder visits Portugal on holiday, and a local bishop ask Bredder to help out in a remote and still-medieval village.
Dell mass pb [1966] out of print/used
Dell mass pb [1966] out of print/used
Dodd, Mead hardcover [1963] out of print/used
Flowers By Request mystery novel by Leonard Wibberley (pen name as Leonard Holton)  "Flowers By Request" [#5=1964]
Father Bredder's attempt to expand the bass section of the choir leads to two shootings and Father as participant in a boxing match to raise funds to rebuild the organ.
Dodd, Mead hardcover [1964] out of print/used
Out of The Depths mystery novel by Leonard Wibberley (pen name as Leonard Holton)   "Out of The Depths" [#6=1966]
Father Bredder takes up scuba diving; after an attempt on his own life, a scuba diver is murdered and Bredder is the main suspect.
Dell mass pb [1967] out of print/used
Dodd, Mead 8x5½ hardcover [1966] out of print/used
Dodd, Mead Book Club hardcover [1966] out of print/used
Touch of Jonah mystery novel by Leonard Wibberley (pen name as Leonard Holton)   "A Touch of Jonah" [#7=1968]
Father Bredder is invited as crew on a sailing yacht in the annual TransPac race from California to Hawai'i; the captain, one Sir Harry Stockton, is known to bring Jonah-like bad luck on others, but this time it is Sir Harry's luck that runs out.
Dodd, Mead 8x5¼ hardcover [1968] out of print/many used
"A Problem In Angels" [#8=1970]
Father Bredder is among the audience who witness the murder of a violinist during a symphony concert.
Dodd, Mead hardcover [1970] out of print/scarce

"The Mirror of Hell" [#9=1972]
Police Lt. Minardi's sixteen-year-old daughter attends a summer course where murder and drugs turn out to be on the agenda.
Dodd, Mead hardcover [1972] out of print/scarce

"The Devil To Play" [#10=1974]
Father Bredder sees a baseball player get shot in the leg during a game, then a colleague is murdered and accused of selling drugs.
Dodd, Mead hardcover [1974] out of print/scarce

"A Corner of Paradise" [#11=1977]
Father Bredder helps friend Lt. Minardi solve the murder of a world famous art collector and playwright.
Dodd, Mead hardcover [1977] out of print/scarce

"The  Black  Tiger"  auto  racing  series
written under the pseudonym Patrick O'Connor for publisher E. M. Hale of Wisconsin

"The Black Tiger" [1956]
"Mexican Road Race" [1957]
"Black Tiger At Le Mans" [1958]
"Black Tiger At Bonneville" [1960]
"Black Tiger At Indianapolis" [1962]
"A Car Called Camellia" [1970]



L i n k s
Leonard Wibberley entry at Wikipedia
Leonard Wibberley listings at Internet Book List
Leonard Wibberley pages at Fantastic Fiction
The Leonard Wibberley Archive at University of Southern California



Family

first wife dance writer Olga Maynard [1913-94] {married in Trinidad in 1932, split in 1947}
son Patrick Maynard, a philosophy professor emeritus now living in U.K.

second wife Hazel Holton Wibberley {married in California}

son, film writer Cormac Wibberley: IMDb credits.
his wife, screenwriter Marianne Sellek Wibberley: IMDb credits
married in 1983, they have one child; team entry at Wikipedia

"Common Law" TV series [USA Network May-Aug 2012]
12-episode series about two male detectives in the L.A.P.D. who, despite their ability to close cases, cannot stand each other; to help keep the two together, their
commanding officer orders them to see a couples therapist; created by Cormac & Marianne Wibberley, cancelled after just one season series credits at IMDb



still from the invasion of New York City by the longbow-armed forces of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, from the 1959 feature film "The Mouse That Roared" starring Peter Sellers (left)

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