Dalrymple’s writing explores themes involving technological or bureaucratic solutions to human problems that end in disaster, and an erosion of personal responsibility within Western society leading to an underclass characterized by criminality and drug dependency.
Thomas Dalrymple began his professional career 46 years ago. Among his numerous works are Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality and Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes Up the Underclass.
Early Life and Education
He was the son of Thomas Hesketh, 3rd Baronet Hesketh of Rufford and Jacintha Dalrymple and inherited his title upon the passing of his grandfather in 1796.
He attended Eton and the University of Edinburgh, earning a law degree. Additionally to writing, he curates exhibitions at Asia Society New York; co-curating Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi 1707-1857 which was published as a book under this same title by Penguin was one example.
He is a frequent contributor to both The New York Times and Guardian, serving as Indian subcontinent correspondent from 2004-2014 at The New Statesman. Additionally, he has written four award-winning histories detailing interactions between East India Company representatives and local peoples from 17th to 18th century India.
Dalrymple found employment beyond his playing career as an after-dinner speaker, earning $35 per appearance at Little League banquets and other community gatherings.
He secured control of an independent travel agency and founded Flyglobespan as an airline, becoming a major carrier. Their 23 global destinations were served through accommodation packages, car rental agreements and transfers services.
The Jean Dalrymple Papers (T-Mss 1971-003) held at the Billy Rose Theatre Division of New York Public Library for the Performing Arts document her involvement in theater through box office reports, requisitions and guidelines, contracts, correspondence, notes programs clippings as well as scrapbooks in French. These materials can be consulted in person during in-person research. Upon his death his family established a lecture series at UM devoted to history and mathematics that are available for study.
Achievement and Honors
Dalrymple has earned numerous literary accolades throughout his storied writing career, from being inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh to Corresponding Fellow at British Academy and holding the OP Jindal Distinguished Lectureship at Brown University.
He is an author of over ten books covering India and other locations worldwide, often adding his personal experiences as an Indian scholar into his coverage of topics – for instance by using family histories from India in his work.
His debut work, In Xanadu, won both a Yorkshire Post Best First Work award and Scottish Arts Council Spring Book Prize. Following this success came City of Djinns which received both Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year awards.
Thomas Dalrymple has been married twice. His first marriage was with Mary Pugh, and together they had one child. Later he remarried Susanna Dalrymple.
Thomas’s bestseller White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India explores a period when Europeans lived like Indians, spoke their language, married Indian women, and lived like Indians themselves – an era when cultures coexisted rather than clashed.
Thomas has written essays on topics including personal responsibility and underclass mentality for various publications like City Journal and New York Post. Thomas currently works at Verizon as Global Director Voice Services with an annual salary of over $1.2 Million – having been employed with them for 46 years now.
Dalrymple does not discuss his personal life or relationships in public; however, he has been seen with his wife and children at various public venues.
He is a British author of historical novels and travel books, as well as being a noted historian who has organized several major exhibitions of Indian art. Additionally, he is known for writing extensively on India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Middle Eastern history.
Thomas Dalrymple was born in 1897 and currently resides in Price Creek, Colorado with his family. An avid golfer and cyclist, Thomas has two grandchildren as well as being a member of the Church of England. MyHeritage shows 293 relatives of Thomas who have taken DNA tests – you can view these here.