Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Macaulay, Rose
Birth Name: Emilie Rose Macaulay
was highly prolific, publishing during the earlier half of the twentieth century twenty-three novels and two volumes of poetry, as well as three books of short stories, several historical and travel narratives, and works of literary criticism. Several volumes of her personal letters have been printed. She made many appearances on the BBC
and published scores of articles. Valued perhaps chiefly for its satire and wit, her writing shows impressive political complexity and understanding, and her skill at characterisation is noteworthy. In her early works one may feel that her satire is defensive: that she uses mockery to hold off painful involvement. Her treatment of religious issues and characters demonstrates her long struggle with and engagement in established religion. She continually pokes fun at people heavily invested in causes or movements; but the choice of a cause is one of her favourite topics, sometimes handled with poignancy rather than burlesque.
The publication of her seventh novel marked her move from Heinemann
reissued this novel as part of its Modern Classics series in 1981 with an introduction by Kennedy's author-daughter, Julia Birley
gave a dinner-party at Quaglino's restaurant in London for sixty-four people, including a number of the famous (whom in relating this she calls plums), such as Elinor Glyn
and Rose Macaulay
Stern, G. B. ...And did he stop and speak to you?. Henry Regnery, 1958.
By the time of the move to Tavistock Square, VW
began to socialize more than she had in years. She circulated with Bloomsbury familiars and (re)acquainted herself with Rebecca West
, Rose Macaulay
shared her Elizabeth Street flat with another close friend, Margot Grey
, whom she met in 1948 and with whom she shared a dog (as she had previously during her adult life shared a...
In London she was entertained by Una Pope Hennessy
, and introduced to Rose Macaulay
, though this friendship did not develop.
Godden, Rumer. A House with Four Rooms. Macmillan, 1989.
Grant, Joy. Stella Benson: A Biography. Macmillan, 1987.
's friends included a number of fellow-writers: William Gerhardi
, Ivy Compton-Burnett
(whom she had first met before the war, at a party given by Rose Macaulay
, and whose work she deeply admired),...
published a pamphlet entitled Fumifugium: or, The Inconvenience of the Aer and Smoake of London Dissipated; a reprint by the National Smoke Abatement Society
in 1933 has an introduction by Rose Macaulay
Early in the Great War the Defence of the Realm Act (later known as DORA) passed the House of Commons
without debate, giving the government special powers.
The poet Edmund Blunden
published his memoirUndertones of War, which, with a number of works issued the following year, have been granted canonical status as imaginative accounts of the First World War.