Death of publisher and author Raleigh Trevelyan

Death of publisher and author Raleigh Trevelyan

Tributes have been paid to author and former publisher Raleigh Trevelyan, who has died aged 91.

Trevelyan, who passed away on October 23rd in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, worked at Jonathan Cape and Michael Joseph, and also wrote a number of books for Faber, including a wartime memoir and a biography of his ancestor Sir Walter Raleigh.

Richard Kelly, Faber Finds editor, said: “Raleigh Trevelyan distinguished himself both as a publisher and an author, and Faber Finds was proud to reissue half-a-dozen works of his – among them The Fortress, his eloquent first-hand account of the Battle of Anzio; his authoritative biography of Sir Walter Raleigh, from whom he was descended; A Pre-Raphaelite Circle, an essential study for readers interested in Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites; and A Hermit Disclosed, an utterly original account of one man’s determined self-exclusion from society. In all it is a truly fine and varied body of work that Raleigh Trevelyan has left us, one in which future readers will continue to find great worth and insight.”

Bill Hamilton of A M Heath, Trevelyan's agent, said the author was a "redoubtable traveller, impeccable researcher and stylish writer, always humorous and charming, and professional to his fingertips in everything that he did".

Trevelyan's 1956 book The Fortress was based on his diaries from 1944, written while Trevelyan commanded a platoon in Italy during the Second World War.

He began his publishing career at Collins and later worked at Jonathan Cape and Michael Joseph, now part of Penguin Random House.

Trevelyan was reported to be writing and researching a story about his father’s life at the time of his death.