Author; translator; journalist, university professor. Born– December 4, 1911, Saltash, Cornwall, England. Parents– Stephen and Mireille Antoinette (Dorey) Payne. Came to the U.S., 1946; naturalized U.S. citizen, 1953. Married Rose Hsiung, 1942; married Sheila Lalwani, 1982.  Education– Attended Diocesan College, Rondebosch, South Africa, 1929-1930; University of Capetown, 1931-1932; University of Liverpool, 1933-1936; University of Munich, 1937; the Sorbonne, University of Paris, 1938.  Shipwright’s apprentice, 1932-1933; war correspondent in Spain, 1938; armament officer at Singapore Naval Base, 1939-1941; British Ministry of Information, Chunking, China, 1941-1942; war correspondent for the London Times, in Changsha, China. Taught at Fuhtan University, 1942-1943; Lienta University, 1943-1946; Alabama College at Montevallo (Head of English Department), 1949-1954. Founding director, Columbia University Translation Center.  Wrote under several pseudonyms; Richard Cargoe, John Anthony Devon, Howard Horne, Valentin Tikhonov, and Robert Young. Honorary M.A., Asia Institute, New York, 1946; Gold Medal for Excellence in translation, Columbia University Translation Center, 1986.  Died February 18, 1983.


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Alexander the God. New York; Norton, 1964.

Ancient Greece; the Triumph of a Culture. New York; 1964.

The Barbarian and the Geisha. Barcelona; Pan Books, 1958.

The Bear Coughs at the North Pole. New York; Dodd, 1947.

Blood Royal. New York; Prencice-Hall, 1952.

The Blue Nigger, and Other Stories. London; Grey Walls Press, 1947.

By Me, William Shakespeare. New York; Everest House, 1980.

The Canal Builders; the story of Canal Engineers Through the Ages. New York; Macmillan, 1959.

Caravaggio; a Novel. Boston; Little, Brown, 1968.

Chiang Kai-shek. New York; Weybright & Talley, 1969.

The Chieftain, a Story of the Nez Perce People. New York; Prentice-Hall, 1953.

China Awake. New York; Dodd, 1947.

The Chinese Diaries, 1941-1946. New York; Weybright & Talley, 1970.

The Chinese Soldier, and Other Stories. London; s.n., 1945.

The Christian Centuries from Christ to Dante. New York; Norton, 1966.

Chunking Diary. London; Heinemann, 1945.

Concord Bridge. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1952.

The Corrupt Society; from Ancient Greece to Present-day America. New York; Praeger, 1975.

David and Anna. New York; Dodd, 1947.

The Deluge. New York; Twayne, 1954.

Dostoyevsky; a Human Portrait. New York; Knopf, 1961.

The Dream and the Tomb; a History of the Crusades. New York; Stein & Day, 1984.

La Espade del Islam. Barcelona; Caralt, 1977.

Eyewitness; a Personal Account of a Tumultuous Decade, 1937-1946. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1972.

The Fathers of the Western Church. New York; Viking, 1951.

Forever China. New York; Dodd, 1945.

The Fortress. New York; Simon and Schuster, 1967.

Gershwin. New York; Pyramid Books, 1960.

The Gold of Troy; the Story of Heinrich Schliemann and the Buried Cities of Ancient Greece. London; Scientific Book Club, 1958.

The Granite Island, and Other Poems. London; Jonathan Cape, 1945.

The Great Garbo. New York; Praeger, 1976.

The Great God Pan; a Biography of the Tramp Played by Charles Chaplin. New York; Heritage House, 1952.

The Great Man; a Portrait of Winston Churchill. New York; Coward, 1974.

The Holy Fire; the Story of the Fathers of the Eastern Church. New York; Harper, 1958.

The Holy Sword; the Story of Islam from Muhammad to the Present. London; A. Deutsch, 1961.

The Horizon Book of Ancient Rome. New York; American Heritage Press, 1966.

A House in Peking. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1956.

The Island; the Story of the Fortunes and Vicissitudes and Triumphs of the Island Once Known as Manchonake…Now Known as Gardiner’s Island… New York; Harcourt, 1958.

The Isles of Greece. New York; Simon and Schuster, 1964.

Journey to Persia. London; Heinemann, 1951.

Journey to Red China. London; Heinemann, 1947.

Lawrence of Arabia, a Triumph. New York; Pyramid Books 1962.

Leonardo. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1978.

The Life and Death of Adolph Hitler. New York; Praeger, 1973.

The Life and Death of Lenin. New York; Simon & Schuster, 1964.

The Life and Death of Mahatma Gandhi. New York; Dutton, 1969.

The Life and Death of Trotsky. New York; McGraw-Hill, 1977.

The Lion Roars. London; Heinemann, 1949.

The Lord Jesus. New York; Abelard, 1964.

Lost Treasures of the Mediterranean World. New York; Thomas Nelson, 1962.

Love and Peace. London; Heinemann, 1945.

Maharajah. Cleveland, Ohio; World, 1951.

Mao Tse-tung Ruler of Red China. New York; Schuman, 1950.

The Marshall Story; a Biography of General George C. Marshall. New York; Prentice-Hall, 1951.

Marx. New York; Simon and Schuster, 1968.

Massacre. New York; Macmillan, 1973.

Mexico City. New York; Harcourt, 1968.

The Mountain and the Stars. Boston; Little, Brown, 1938.

O Western Wind. New York; Putnam, 1957.

Peking Elegies. New York; Blue Dolphin Press, 1978.

A Rage for China. New York; Holt, 1977.

Red Lion Inn. New York; Prentice-Hall, 1951.

Red Storm Over Asia. New York; Macmillan, 1951.

Report on America. New York; Day, 1949.

The Revolt of Asia. London; Day, 1948.

The Rise and Fall of Stalin. New York; Simon and Schuster, 1965.

The Roaring Boys. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1955.

The Roman Triumph. New York; Abelard, 1963.

The Rose Tree. New York; Dodd, 1947.

The Shepherd. New York; Horizon, 1959.

Singapore River. London; Heinemann, 1942.

Song of the Peasant. London; Heinemann, 1939.

The Splendor of France. New York; Harper, 1963.

The Splendor of Greece. New York; Harper, 1960.

The Splendor of Israel. New York; Harper, 1963.

The Splendor of Persia. New York; Knopf, 1957.

The Splendor of the Holy Land; Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon. New York; Harper, 1976.

The Splendors of Asia; India, Thailand, Japan. New York. Viking, 1965.

Sun, Stones and Silence. New York; Simon and Schuster, 1963.

Sun Yat-sen, a Portrait. New York; Day, 1946.

The Terrorists; the Story of the Forerunners of Stalin. New York; Funk, 1957.

The Three Worlds of Albert Schweitzer. New York; Thomas Nelson, 1957.

The Three Worlds of Boris Pasternak. New York; Coward, 1961.

The Tormentors. New York; Sloane, 1950.

Torrents of Spring. New York; Dodd, 1946.

The Tortured and the Damned; a Novel. New York; Horizon Press, 1977.

The Wanton Nymph. London; Heinemann, 1951.

War in the Marshes. London; Faber, 1938.

The White Rajahs of Sarawak. New York; Funk, 1960.

The World of Art. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1972.

The Yellow Robe; a Novel of the Life of Buddha. New York; Dodd, 1948.

A Young Emperor, a Novel. New York; Macmillan, 1950.

A Young Man Looks at Europe. London; Heinemann, 1938.

Zero, the Story of Terrorism. New York; Day, 1950.


Ivan the Terrible. New York; Crowell, 1975.

The Splendor of Byzantum. New York; Viking, 1967.


Contemporary Chinese Poetry; an Anthology. London; Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1947.

Contemporary Chinese Short Stories. New York; N. Carrington, 1946.

The Unknown World of Karl Marx. New York; New York University Press, 1971.

The White Pony; an Anthology of Chinese Poetry from the Earliest Time to the Present Day. New York; Day, 1947.


The Civil War in Spain, 1936-1939. New York; Putnam, 1962.


Boris Pasternak; the Collected Prose Works. London; Drummond, 1945.

New York; Chinese Earth. London; Allen & Unwin, 1948.

New York; Envy. London; Hogarth Press, 1936.

Fear and Trembling; a Dialectial Lyric. London; Oxford University Press, 1939.

The Image of Chekhov; 40 Stories in the Order in Which They Were Written. New York; Knopf, 1963.

Love and Other Stories. New York; Washington Square Press, 1967.

A Portrait of Andre Malraux. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice Hall, 1970.


The papers of Pierre Stephen Robert Payne are held by the Online Archive of California.