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Dearest Jean

Rose Macaulay's letters to a cousin

By Martin Ferguson Smith

Dearest Jean
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  • Publish Date: May 2011
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8521-5
    • Pages: 360
    • Price: £85.00
    • Published Date: May 2011

    Description

    These lively and candid letters from Rose Macaulay to her first cousin Jean Smith are previously unknown. Macaulay was one of the most versatile, successful, and significant writers in the first half of the twentieth century, Smith a talented but diffident and depressive poet who was briefly an Anglican nun before converting to Roman Catholicism. The letters throw fascinating and often amusing light not only on the writer's private life, unconventional character, and varied career, but also on the lively literary and social circles in which she moved. They are essential reading for all interested in British literary culture and women's writing.

    Reviews

    "These 'new' letters . illuminate the writer's life and career, and the literary and social scene, especially in the years that followed the First World War."
    Sir Simon Jenkins

    "Offers fascinating insights into the 20th-century cultural scene."
    Choice

    "Full of previously buried treasure."
    A.N. Wilson

    "A valuable addition to our knowledge of Macaulay."
    TLS

    "Sparkles with wit . highly recommended."
    English Studies

    "Superbly edited."
    The Tablet

    "Wonderfully expansive notes . decorate the letters like illuminated miniatures."
    Church Times

    Contents

    List Of Illustrations
    Abbreviations
    Editor's Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Chronology
    Introduction
    I. Rose Macaulay: The First Half Of Her Life
    1. The Daughter Who Was Not A Boy. (1881-1894)
    2. Growing Wings. (1894-1903)
    3. The Valley Captive. (1903-1906)
    4. The Secret River. (1906-1914)
    5. War And Love. (1914-1919)
    II. Jean Smith
    1. The Consul's Daughter. (1891-1911)
    2. Cambridge. (1911-1915)
    3. Munitions And Sugar. (1916-1919)
    4. Helicon And The Isis. (1919-1926)
    5. Canterbury Or Rome? (1926-1938)
    6. War, Duty, And Darkness. (1939-1960)
    7. "Lead, Kindly Light". (1961-1979)
    The Letters
    Appendices
    I. Rose Macaulay's Birth And First Weeks
    II. "Ash Wednesday 1941"
    Bibliography
    I. Works By Rose Macaulay
    II. Books About Rose Macaulay
    Key To First Names
    Family Trees
    I. The Family Of Rose Macaulay
    II. The Family Of Jean Smith
    Index

    Author

    Martin Ferguson Smith is Emeritus Professor of Classics at Durham University

    Dearest Jean

    By Martin Ferguson Smith

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