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Catherine Carswell is best known for her 1920 novel, Open the Door!, and her insightful critical biography of her close friend D. H. Lawrence. Her literary corpus consists of two novels, three biographies, and an unfinished autobiography, in addition to journalism and reviewing, co-editorship of several anthologies, and assistance with a historical study of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. She also helped Susan Tweedsmuir prepare two books from the papers of her friend (and Tweedsmuir's husband) John Buchan.
27 March 1879 Catherine Macfarlane (later CC) was born "on top of a steep, grey, stony hill in and overlooking that 'seat of discipline'—as Henry James has called it—the city of Glasgow." Bibliographic Citation link.  Bibliographic Citation link.
1902 Catherine Macfarlane (later CC) began reviewing novels for the Glasgow Herald while living in Glasgow; she later continued this work in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 June 1932 CC published a second biography, The Savage Pilgrimage: A Narrative of D. H. Lawrence. After brisk early sales, charges that it was libellous caused her publisher, Chatto and Windus, to remove it from the market. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 February 1946 CC died shortly before her sixty-seventh birthday, of pleurisy following pneumonia, in the Radcliffe Infirmary at Oxford. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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