The Madness of David Baring by Joseph Hocking

Is Christianity Marxist?

David Baring is a young Cambridge graduate who unexpectedly comes into a large fortune. Circumstances cause him to wonder if a rich man can really tell if he is loved for himself, or only for his money. He begins to despise his wealth and like many people today wonders if Socialism is the answer.

Joseph Hocking is the Lutheran Librarian’s favorite Christian novelist. During his lifetime he was widely read and greatly beloved throughout the English speaking world. Most of his books deal in some way with the struggles and conflicts of living as a Christian in the modern world.

The Lutheran Library is republishing many of Joseph Hocking’s novels. If you have any of Hocking’s 50 “lost” books, please contact us.


  • Part One: The Good Fortune of David Baring
    • 1 Two Young Men
    • 2 In Which Two Characters Are Introduced Whose Importance Will Be Seen As The Story Proceeds
    • 3 The Conduct Of Mr. John Jay, Solicitor
    • 4 How David Baring Took Possession Of Malpas Towers
    • 5 Martha Hayes, The Housekeeper
    • 6 David Baring’s Good Fortune From Different Points Of View
    • 7 A Dream Of Arcadia
    • 8 A Dream Of Love
    • 9 Pluto
    • 10 A Flower In The Wilderness
    • 11 The Foolishness Of David Baring
    • 12 Emily Baker’s Mother
    • 13 Who Was Emily Baker?
    • 14 Trying To Help
    • 15 The Logic Of Whitechapel
    • 16 The Great Renunciation
  • Part Two: A Young Man’s Madness
    • 1 The Man Who Was Mad, And The Man Who Was Sane
    • 2 A New Utopia
    • 3 The First Glimpse Of Life At The Brotherhood Settlement
    • 4 David Renders A Service To Miss Grace Muswell
    • 5 “I Am A Member Of The Brotherhood Settlement”
    • 6 The Opinion Of The Elect
    • 7 The Coming 0f Life’s Master Passion
    • 8 Leap Year’s Privilege Out Of Season
    • 9 David Makes A Momentous Confession
    • 10 Heart Searchings
    • 11 David Makes A Speech
    • 12 Love’s Young Dream
    • 13 David Begins To Realize His Madness
    • 14 The Second Visit To Muswell Hall
    • 15 “Give Me A Year”
    • 16 “The Touch Of Life”
    • 17 The End Of The Madness
  • Part Three: David Baring’s Sanity
    • 1 Mr. John Jay’s Diplomacy
    • 2 David Baring’s Plan
    • 3 Back To The Old Home

Publication Information

  • Lutheran Library edition first published: 2020 updated: 2023
  • Copyright: CC BY 4.0
Joseph Hocking
Joseph Hocking

Joseph Hocking (1860-1937), was a Cornish writer and United Methodist Free Church minister. His novels were immensely popular in his lifetime. Many of his 100 books are available at no charge from the Lutheran Library.