MacCarthy mss., 1863-1991
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
MacCarthy mss., 1863-1991
Materials are in English
Consists of the papers of drama and
literary critic Desmond MacCarthy, 1877-1952, and his wife, author Mary
(Warre-Cornish) MacCarthy, 1882-1953.
This collection is open for research.
Desmond's first experience as an editor was with
New Quarterly and then
New Witness). In 1913 he began writing a weekly column for the
eventually becoming literary editor in 1920, then the drama critic.
Desmond also contributed weekly articles to the London Sunday
Times and broadcast
literary talks for the BBC. Mary (or Molly, as she was known to most) wrote two
A Pier and a Band and
A Nineteenth Century Childhood, as well as other works.
Although not particularly well-known for their writings, the MacCarthys were
surrounded by the colorful personalities that defined turn- of-the-century English
drama, art, literature, and society in general.
The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II.
Writings; III. Miscellaneous
Scope and Content Note
The papers contain correspondence with their colleagues and friends as well as a
large quantity just between Desmond and Mary. Also included is the correspondence of
both Mary's and Desmond's families. Some of the notable correspondents are: Lady
Cynthia Mary Evelyn (Charteris) Asquith, Countess Margot Asquith, Enid Bagnold,
Maurice Baring, Sir James Matthew Barrie, Sir Max Beerbohm, Clive Bell, Vanessa
(Stephen) Bell, Hilaire Belloc, Lady Helen Violet Bonham Carter, Irene
Cooper-Willis, Ethel Anne Priscilla (Fane) Grenfell (Baroness Desborough), Thomas
Stearns Eliot, Edward Morgan Forster, Roger Fry, Duncan James Corrowr Grant, Harley
Granville-Barker, Bryan Walter Guinness, Thomas Hardy, Leslie Poles Hartley, John
Maynard Keynes, Hope Mirrlees, George Moore, George Edward Moore, Lady Ottoline
Violet Anne (Cavendish-Bentinck) Morrell, Raymond Mortimer, Violet Paget, Betsy
Graves Reyneau, Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, Logan Pearsall Smith, Giles
Lytton Strachey, George Macaulay Trevelyan, Robert Calverley Trevelyan, Arthur
Waley, Judith Anne Dorothea Wentworth Blunt-Lytton (Baroness Wentworth), Virginia
The writings contain many drafts and typescripts of Desmond's articles and a few
writings by Molly. Miscellaneous materials include calendars and diaries for both
and school reports for Desmond. In addition, there are school reports, writings and
other miscellaneous materials for members of both families.
Desmond, 1877-1952 --Correspondence.
Mary, 1882-1953 --Correspondence.
Cynthia, Lady, 1887-1960.
Max, Sir, 1872-1956.
S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965.
M. (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970.
John Maynard, 1883-1946.
Ottoline Violet Anne Cavendish-Bentinck, Lady, 1873-1938.
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patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in
advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.
Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly
[Item], MacCarthy mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington,
Processed by Lilly Staff.
Completed in 1996
Colleagues and Friends
Most of the correspondence of Desmond and Molly MacCarthy with their
colleagues and friends is arranged in chronological order. Seven
individual files have been kept intact and filed alphabetically after
the chronological file.
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- Lady Cynthia Mary Evelyn (Charteris) Asquith
- Countess Margot Asquith
- Enid Bagnold
- Maurice Baring
- Sir James Matthew Barrie
- Sir Max Beerbohm
- Clive Bell
- Vanessa (Stephen) Bell
- Hilaire Belloc
- Lady Helen Violet Bonham Carter
Morrell, Lady Ottoline
Desmond and Molly
Correspondence between Desmond and Molly only. There are 279 letters from
Desmond to Molly and 377 letters from Molly to Desmond.
They are interfiled into one chronological arrangement.
Correspondence of Desmond and Molly with Desmond's mother Louise Jeanne
Wilhelmine (de la Chevallerie) MacCarthy.
Interfiled into one chronological arrangement.
Correspondence of the MacCarthy and Warre-Cornish families, excluding the
correspondence of Molly, Desmond and Louise MacCarthy with each
The letters are interfiled into one chronological arrangement.
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- Vanessa Bell
- Anne Thackeray
- Ritchie Gerald Warre-Cornish
- Francis Warre-Cornish
- Maurice Baring
- Lord Edward Christian David Gascoyne-Cecil
- Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
- Esmé Valerie (Fletcher) Eliot
- Thomas Hardy
- Henry James
Writings by Desmond MacCarthy
Writings are filed under the following alphabetically-arranged subjects
assigned by Desmond.
Types of writings include: dramatic criticism, book reviews, and other
articles for newspapers and magazines; talks and lectures; radio
broadcasts; short stories and books.
Art of Reading
Byron, George Gordon Byron
Chesterton, Gilbert Keith
Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich
A Critic's Daybook
Darwin, Charles Galton
de la Mare, Walter
Dell, Ethel May
de Quincey, Thomas
de Selincourt, Ernest
Dostoevsky, Theodore M.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The English Character
Forster, E. M.
The Irish Players
Lamartine, Alphonse de
Landor, Walter Savage
Lipscomb, William Percy
Lucas, Edward Verrall
Lucas, F. L.
Martinez Sierra, Gregorio
Masculine & Feminine
Montaigne, Michel de
Munro, Charles Kirkpatrick
Musset, Alfred de
Nicolson, Sir Arthur
Obscenity and the Law
Order of Merit
Parnell, Charles Stuart
Peacock, Thomas Love
Pixerecourt, Guilbert de
Poe, Edgar Allan
Portraits and Criticism
Psychology and psychoanalysis
Reason and common sense
Richardson and Proust
Rothschild, Henri de
Rousseau, Jean Jacques
Sala, George Augustus
Sanger, Lord George
Scott, Sir Walter
Shaw, George Bernard
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley
Sherwood, Robert Emmet
Sidney, Sir Philip
Sign of the World's End
Social Distinctions in the Past
Stael, Madame de
Statues and Tailors
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Surtees, Robert Smith
Swinburne, Algernon Charles
Synge, John Millington
Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson,
Thackeray, William Makepeace
To a Day Dreamer
Tree, Sir Herbert
Trelawny, Edward John
Trevelyan, George Macaulay
Treves, Sir Frederick
Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich
Van Gogh, Vincent
Vinci, Leonardo da
Watson, Sir William
Webling, Archie Frederic
Wellington, Arthur Wellesley
The Wonder Zoo
Yeats, Jack Butler
Yeats, William Butler
Unidentified writings and miscellaneous pages
Alphabetical and chronological lists of articles including
those written for
The Sunday Times,
Tear sheets of articles written by Desmond from the following
The New Statesman,
The New Witness
Tear sheets from the series "The World of Books" in
The Sunday Times,
Four scrapbooks containing clippings for the series "The World of
The Sunday Times:
March 1950 to
Tear sheets and clippings from other magazines and
Tear sheets from
Writings by Molly MacCarthy
Notes on Bloomsbury
A Pier and A Band (contract only)
Retrospect, Sept. 1939-Feb.1941
Writings by Others
British Orchids, "...with love from Jocelyn [Brooke],
Christmas 1950 "First Published
- "A correspondent..." Article about Theodore Llewelyn
- 'Esseta Emar [poem], Sept.
- Extracts from Mr. Punch's History of Modern England, Vol. IV,
by Charles L. Graves
The Garden of Delights, poem by Ursula (Lock) Vaughan
- The Hound of Heaven, by Betsy Graves Reyneau
- The Last of Miss Vellum, by ?
- A Note on Desmond MacCarthy, by Jocelyn Brooke
- Note on Falstaff's Hallucinations, by Sydney J. Cole,
- The Real Tripitaka, by Arthur Waley
- Resolution passed at the Congress of Intellectuals in
Clippings and tear sheets of articles about Desmond
Reviews of Desmond's books: Criticism, Experience, Life and
Letters, and Portraits
Miscellaneous clippings and tear sheets
Autobiographical notes - loose pages and notebook
British Broadcasting Corporation, materials for Literary
Advisory Committee and misc. related papers
Catalogue of books from the Library of Criticism and English
Literature of the late Sir Desmond MacCarthy, on sale by James Bain
Printed. 2 copies
School reports, 1885 - 1897
Travel notes, 1902
Address book, 1931
Book of families
Made for Michael MacCarthy by his mother, Molly MacCarthy in December
1945; and list of visitors
Cottage Garden diary: Aug. 1898-Nov. 1916
Includes a list of birthdays, list of investments, and other
Includes a diary dated 1867, talks
given to Eton students (1877-1878) and other writings by Molly's father,
Francis. There are school reports for her brothers Francis, Gerald and
Hubert, and a journal dated June 1884 written by Hubert's wife,
Laurencina (Meinertzhagen) Warre-Cornish as well as other family