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Rose Macaulay (1881–1958)

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Obres de Rose Macaulay

The Towers of Trebizond (1956) 1,264 exemplars
The World My Wilderness (1950) 262 exemplars
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Crewe Train (1926) 215 exemplars
Pleasure of Ruins (1953) 167 exemplars
Personal Pleasures (1935) 167 exemplars
Dangerous Ages (1921) 121 exemplars
What Not: A Prophetic Comedy (1918) 91 exemplars
Non-Combatants and Others (1916) 84 exemplars
They Were Defeated (1932) 79 exemplars
Keeping Up Appearances (1928) 71 exemplars
Life Among the English (1600) 69 exemplars
They Went to Portugal (1946) 59 exemplars
Staying With Relations (1930) 47 exemplars
Potterism (1920) 38 exemplars
Letters to a Friend, 1950-1952 (1961) 37 exemplars
Orphan Island (1924) 34 exemplars
Mystery at Geneva (1923) 27 exemplars
Going Abroad (1934) 22 exemplars
The Minor Pleasures of Life (1934) 21 exemplars
Letters to a sister (1964) 17 exemplars
A Casual Commentary (1925) 12 exemplars
The Furnace (2010) 12 exemplars
The Lee Shore (1912) 12 exemplars
The Writings of E. M. Forster (1938) 11 exemplars
I Would Be Private (1937) 11 exemplars
The shadow flies (1972) 9 exemplars
And No Man's Wit (1940) 8 exemplars
The two blind countries (2010) 7 exemplars
Milton (1935) 6 exemplars
THEY WENT TO PORTUGAL (2023) 6 exemplars
Three Days (2010) 5 exemplars
Abbots Verney (2018) 5 exemplars
Daisy and Daphne 4 exemplars
The making of a bigot (2010) 4 exemplars
Catchwords and Claptrap (1926) 3 exemplars
Views and Vagabonds (2017) 3 exemplars
The Secret River 3 exemplars
The Valley Captives 2 exemplars
Evelyn Waugh (1946) 2 exemplars
El món, la meva selva (2023) 2 exemplars
Simfonije u kamenu 1 exemplars

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Nom oficial
Macaulay, Emilie Rose
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
País (per posar en el mapa)
England, UK
Lloc de naixement
Rugby, Warwickshire, England, UK
Lloc de defunció
London, England, UK
Llocs de residència
Varezze, Italy
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Great Shelford, England, UK
University of Oxford(Somerville College)
Oxford High School for Girls
travel writer
literary critic
Bowen, Elizabeth (friend)
Conybeare, William John (grandfather)
Peace Pledge Union
Premis i honors
Order of the British Empire (Dame Commander, 1958)
Caroline Dawnay (PFD)
Biografia breu
Emilie Rose Macaulay was one of six children of a classical scholar at Cambridge. She lived near Genoa, Italy during her childhood, and finished her education at home in England in Oxford. Rose Macaulay never married and devoted her life to her writing. She had a secret affair from about 1918 to 1942 with Gerald O'Donovan, a former priest, himself a novelist. She travelled extensively and some of her popular works inspired by her trips include The Pleasure of Ruins (1953). She was awarded the DBE shortly before her death in 1958. Her private correspondence was published posthumously in the trilogy Letters to a Friend (1961), Last Letters to a Friend (1962) and Letters to a Sister (1964).



It was written during the First World Ward and set very shortly after it, in a Britain where eugenics has been legislated into public policy, and the Ministry of Brains controls who people can marry so that war will become impossible once stupidity has been bred out of the population. There’s a good deal of satire here, and some good observation of what happens when popular support for a political initiative collapses after a strong start; but it’s also a sympathetic observation of human nature and human behaviour, trying to put society together again after the catastrophe of war. Macaulay’s take on global politics is a bit naïve, but she’s good on the human heart; and this slim book was clearly a source of inspiration for both 1984 and Brave New World.… (més)
nwhyte | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Nov 28, 2023 |
A very enjoyable read.
I loved the long ponderous sentences and long never-ending lists, often ending with something/someone obscure.
Written in a very tongue in cheek style but with the underlying serious problem of the many waring religions and committing one’s life to Christ.
Aunt Dot, who was looking for a home for what she called "all those poor young unmarried fathers, ruined by maintenance," p11
Of course from one point of view she was right about the church, which grew so far, almost it once, from anything which can have been intended, and became so blood-stained and persecuting and cruel and war-like and made a small and trivial things so important, and tried to exclude everything not done in a certain way and by a certain people and stamped out heresies was such cruelty and rage. … p196… (més)
GeoffSC | Hi ha 36 ressenyes més | Aug 20, 2023 |
Interesting and amusing essays commenting on all parts/walks of life:
Choosing a religion, General Elections, Traveling by Train…
“How shall we elect to spend the brief span of our days on the upper surface of this planet?”
Bernard Shaw, "it is a mistake to get married, but a much bigger mistake not to"
“Truly the human race finds it's pleasures in odd ways, and one of the oddest is the absorption of ideas from black marks imprinted on white paper.”
GeoffSC | Aug 20, 2023 |
I don't want to put anyone off, but I think that readers will miss some of the humour in The Towers of Trebizond if they don't have enough background knowledge. Let me try to explain, with the help of Wikipedia (lightly edited as usual to remove unnecessary links).
Dame Emilie Rose Macaulay, DBE (1 August 1881 – 30 October 1958) was an English writer, most noted for her award-winning novel The Towers of Trebizond, about a small Anglo-Catholic group crossing Turkey by camel. The story is seen as a spiritual autobiography, reflecting her own changing and conflicting beliefs.

Well, yes it is, but that description (apart from the camel) makes it sound earnest and boring. The truth is that most of the time Macaulay is poking fun at religion in general and at hers in particular. It is often laugh-out-loud funny, but as I can see from reviews at Goodreads not everyone gets the joke.

Some will be put off by the beginning. It starts with her faux-naïve narrator's drollery about how her family navigated centuries of the fraught history of the church in England — and that relies on having some knowledge of British kings and queens and their hangers on and how they bumped each other off to suit the religious beliefs prevailing in their era; and on knowing something about church politics. Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall Trilogy would help with some but not all of this.

I knew about enough about English church politics because I have read Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire (1855-1867)...

... and I have also read Susan Howatch's Starbridge series (1987-1994) which is a family saga that traces the history of the Church of England... but it's also (more interestingly) about the same kind of ambitious shenanigans and scandals and human greed and theological argy-bargy that you find in Trollope. Both of these series are excellent reading, but... well, not a lot of people read the classics these days and my guess is that the appeal of the once best-selling Howatch series has faded.

To read the rest of my review please visit
… (més)
anzlitlovers | Hi ha 36 ressenyes més | Jun 28, 2023 |



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