Author:John Hay Beith

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John Hay Beith
Major General John Hay Beith, CBE, was a British schoolmaster and soldier, but he is best remembered as a novelist, playwright, essayist and historian who wrote under the pen name Ian Hay. Often collobarated with other authors including P. G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton.


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  • The Crimson Cocoanut: And other plays, 1913? IA
  • Tilly of Bloomsbury, 1919
  • A Safety Match (Play), 1921
  • The Happy Ending, 1922
  • Good Luck (with Seymour Hicks), 1923
  • The Sport of Kings, 1924
  • A Damsel in Distress (with P. G. Wodehouse), 1928
  • Baa, Baa, Black Sheep (with P G Wodehouse), 1929
  • The Middle Watch (with Stephen King-Hall), 1929
  • A Song of Sixpence (with Guy Bolton), 1930
  • Leave it to Psmith (with P G Wodehouse), 1930
  • The Midshipmaid (with Stephen King-Hall), 1931
  • Orders are Orders (with Anthony Armstrong), 1932
  • A Present from Margate (with A. E. W. Mason), 1933
  • Admirals All (with Stephen King-Hall), 1934
  • The Frog (from novel by Edgar Wallace), 1936

Individual short works[edit]

Some or all works by this author are in the public domain in the United States because they were published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1952, so works by this author are also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. Works by this author may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.