Rose Macaulay

Standard Name: Macaulay, Rose
Birth Name: Emilie Rose Macaulay
RM 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.
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politics Storm Jameson
Guests included Rebecca West and Rose Macaulay . This event led to the publication of the anthology Challenge to Death: A Symposium on War and Peace (1934)
politics Mary Butts
MB was a pacifist who sympathised strongly with the position of conscientious objectors. Believing that conscription was a sign of the collective insanity that has come over the world,
Blondel, Nathalie. Mary Butts: Scenes from the Life. McPherson & Company, 1998.
she supported her companion (later...
Reception Edith Somerville
It was well reviewed, without mention of its spiritualist sources.
Collis, Maurice. Somerville and Ross: A Biography. Faber and Faber, 1968.
But sales were again disappointing.
Collis, Maurice. Somerville and Ross: A Biography. Faber and Faber, 1968.
The issue of spiritualism, however, led ES into argument with Rose Macaulay in the columns of Time and Tide.
Collis, Maurice. Somerville and Ross: A Biography. Faber and Faber, 1968.
Residence Elizabeth von Arnim
Here, as well as at her London home, EA entertained new friends: writers Rose Macaulay , Somerset Maugham , and Michael Arlen , composer Ethel Smyth , and illustrator Ernest Shepherd .
Usborne, Karen. "Elizabeth": The Author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden. Bodley Head, 1986.
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Textual Features Rosamond Lehmann
They published some distinguished names—including Edith Sitwell , Rose Macaulay , and Ivy Compton-Burnett —and some promising newcomers, including Margaret Lane , Margiad Evans , and Jean Howard .
Hastings, Selina. Rosamond Lehmann. Chatto and Windus, 2002.
Textual Features Storm Jameson
Janet Montefiore has noted that in A Cup of Tea for Mr. Thorgill Jameson included a rancorous portrait of Rebecca West in the character of Retta Spencer-Savage, a celebrated anti-Communist writer who has built her...
Textual Features Dorothy Whipple
DW also presents, with deliberate naivete, the ups and downs of her own career: her high points and failures of confidence. As her confidence grows, her narrative embraces funny anecdotes, moving moments, penetrating insights, and...
Textual Production Judith Kazantzis
This remarkable anthology brings to a wider audience poems by many otherwise unknown writers, as well as by, for instance, Vera Brittain , Edith Sitwell , Nancy Cunard , Cicely Hamilton , Rose Macaulay ,...
Textual Production Ivy Compton-Burnett
After her previous book's success, she had acquired an agent (David Higham of Curtis Brown , who also handled Rose Macaulay and Vita Sackville-West ). In later years she dealt with Spencer Curtis Brown
Textual Production Ivy Compton-Burnett
Rose Macaulay had brought ICB to Gollancz's notice. He was known for unconventional and forceful advertising. He sold Daughters and Sons to the US publisher W. W. Norton , though it was far outside their...
Textual Production Margery Lawrence
ML 's ghost stories have been frequently anthologised. They appear in, for instance, Fifty Strangest Stories Ever Told (1937), The Virago Book of Ghost Stories: The Twentieth Century (1987), and Vampire Stories (1993).
Clute, John, and John Grant, editors. The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. St Martin’s Press, 1997.
under Lawrence, Margery
Textual Production Noel Streatfeild
In 1961 NS had the honour of appearing in Bodley Head 's series of monographs on children's writers, where she joined such household names as Mary Louisa Molesworth , Juliana Horatia Ewing , Lewis Carroll
Textual Production Stella Gibbons
SG 's literary criticism for The Lady includes a number of articles on women writers. One piece criticises Rose Macaulay for her small range and lack of subtlety. Another praises Virginia Woolf as a giant...
Textual Production Joanna Trollope
JT supplied an introduction to Rose Macaulay 's The Towers of Trebizond for a handsome edition published by the Folio Society in 2005.
British Library Catalogue.
Textual Production Dorothy Richardson
In her correspondence Richardson addresses a great range of topics, including her own varied reading. She comments on women writers from Julian of Norwich through Jane Austen , Emily and Charlotte Brontë , George Eliot


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