Most well known for his twentieth-century modernist novels Party Going (1939), Living (1929), and Loving (1945), he is also remembered for such late 1940s and early 1950s works of fiction as Concluding (1948) and Doting (1952).
In 1926, after briefly attending Oxford University, he published his debut novel, Blindness.
His World War II-era service in Great Britain's Auxiliary Fire Service informed two of his 1940s novels: Caught and Back.
Born Henry Vincent Yorke in Gloucestershire, England, to a family of politicians, landowners, and nobles, he was the son of Vincent Wodehouse Yorke and Maud Evelyn Wyndham.
He and fellow British novelist Anthony Powell were classmates and friends at Eton College.