Cecily Mackworth

Standard Name: Mackworth, Cecily
Birth Name: Cecily Mackworth
Married Name: Cecily de Donceel
Married Name: Cecily de Chabannes la Palice
CM , an Anglo-Welsh writer who lived most of her life in France, whose publishing career stretched from the 1930s into the twenty-first century, was described in an obituary as a poet, critic, novelist, biographer, journalist and globetrotter.
Bowker, Gordon. “Obituary: Cecily Mackworth”. The Independent.
To this may be added that she was an acute and valuable commentator on art, politics, and contemporary history.


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Friends, Associates Nancy Cunard
NC established important relationships in Paris: with Dadaist Tristan Tzara , Louis Aragon , American writers Janet Flanner and Solita Solano , and photographer Man Ray .
Clements, Patricia. “’Transmuting’ Nancy Cunard”. Dalhousie Review, Vol.
, pp. 188-14.
During the second world war she became...
Friends, Associates Stevie Smith
Her large circle of friends also included Sally Chilver (author of A History of Socialism), novelists Inez Holden , Olivia Manning , and Cecily Mackworth , Kay Dick (assistant editor of John O'London's Weekly...
Literary Setting Timberlake Wertenbaker
Its protagonist is the nineteenth-century traveller and adventurer Isabelle Eberhardt , who cross-dressed for her explorations of traditional, Islamic, nomad Arab cultures.
Cecily Mackworth 's carefully-researched The Destiny of Isabelle Eberhardt, 1951, was reprinted in 1985.
politics Nancy Cunard
Talking to Cunard in London during the war, Cecily Mackworth reported: I could feel her contained rage, like a saucepan about to boil over.
Mackworth, Cecily. Ends of the World. Carcanet.
Even the liberation of France from the Nazis , it...
Residence Nancy Cunard
She wrote this to Cecily Mackworth . The letter continues: I have no desire for Paris, and thank God this is 9 hours distant. . . . No sheets, etc. No lavatory, no water.
Mackworth, Cecily. Ends of the World. Carcanet.
Textual Production Nancy Cunard
NC 's brief preface is dated May 1944.
Cunard, Nancy, editor. Poems for France. La France Libre.
The slim volume has a paper cover with patterned black and red edging, and sold for 6s.6d.. NC intended it to be really much more factual...
Travel Pamela Hansford Johnson
In September 1949, before her second marriage, PHJ was in Venice for a conference of PEN International . Cecily Mackworth mentions her nervousness when at an official banquet she was seated next to the head...


14 May 1920: Time and Tide began publication, offering...

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14 May 1920

Time and Tide began publication, offering a feminist approach to literature, politics, and the arts: Naomi Mitchison called it the first avowedly feminist literary journal with any class, in some ways ahead of its time.
Mitchison, Naomi. You May Well Ask: A Memoir 1920-1940. Gollancz.

3 July 1940: A Royal Navy task force destroyed much of...

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3 July 1940

A Royal Navy task force destroyed much of the French navy (at a time when France, recently Britain's ally, was largely German-occupied and governed by Marshall Pétain ) at Mers-el-Kébir on the coast of Algeria.

September 1949: PEN International held a conference in Venice....

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September 1949

PEN International held a conference in Venice. Delegates included W. H. Auden , C. P. Snow , Pamela Hansford Johnson , and Cecily Mackworth .


Mackworth, Cecily, editor. A Mirror for French Poetry, 1840-1940. G. Routledge, 1947.
Mackworth, Cecily. Czechoslovakia Fights Back. Lindsay Drummond, 1942.
Mackworth, Cecily. Eleven Poems. Les Editions du Booster, 1938.
Mackworth, Cecily. Ends of the World. Carcanet, 1987.
Mackworth, Cecily. English Interludes. Routledge and K. Paul, 1974.
Mackworth, Cecily. François Villon. Westhouse, 1947.
Mackworth, Cecily. Guillaume Apollinaire and the Cubist Life. J. Murray, 1961.
Mackworth, Cecily. I Came Out of France. Labour Book Service, 1941.
Mackworth, Cecily. Lucy’s Nose. Carcanet, 1992.
Mackworth, Cecily. Out of the Black Mountains. 2006.
Mackworth, Cecily. Spring’s Green Shadow. MacGibbon and Kee, 1952.
Mackworth, Cecily. The Destiny of Isabelle Eberhardt. Routledge and Paul, 1951.
Mackworth, Cecily. The Mouth of the Sword. Routledge and K. Paul, 1949.