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MacCarthy, Mary Josefa, 1882 - 1953 (writer)


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Penultimate of eight children. Wife of Desmond MacCarthy.

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Publications include 'A Pier and a Band' (1918), 'A Nineteenth Century Childhood' (1924), 'Fighting Fitzgerald' (1930), 'Handicaps' (1936) and 'Festival' (1937).

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:


Assorted comic entertainments and verses concerning members of the 'Bloomsbury Group' and Keynes family, 1925 - 1928

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JMK/PP/15
Scope and Contents

This file includes 'Don't be frightened: a burlesque' [possibly in the hand of Molly MacCarthy], featuring characters called Vanessa, Roger, Bell and Grant.

Dates: 1925 - 1928

Correspondence between J.M. Keynes and Molly MacCarthy, 1913 - 1946

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JMK/PP/45/198
Scope and Contents

14 autograph letters, signed, and 4 autograph postcards, signed, to J.M. Keynes. 1913-46 and undated.
4 carbon typed letters, signed, from J.M. Keynes. 1939-46.

Dates: 1913 - 1946

Correspondence from Desmond and Molly McCarthy, 1938 - 1954

Reference Code: GBR/0272/AG/1/43
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7 autograph letters, signed; 2 typed letters, signed, and 1 autograph postcard, signed, to Vanessa Bell. 1938-54 and undated.
1 autograph letter, signed, to 'Marjorie'. 17 Dec. 1951.
1 autograph letter, signed, from Michael [McCarthy] to Vanessa Bell. 30 Dec. 1953.
1 typed letter, signed, to 'Annetta'. 6 Dec. 1951.

Dates: 1938 - 1954
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Letters by persons still living may only be read with the written permission of the author. The correspondence between Mrs. Garnett and her late husband, David Garnett, may only be read by permission of the family. For further information, please contact the Archivist.

Letters from Mary ('Molly') McCarthy to Clive and Vanessa Bell, 1912 - 1952

Reference Code: GBR/0272/CHA/1/382
Scope and Contents From the Series:

This series comprises correspondence, chiefly letters written and received by Clive and Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Julian and Quentin Bell, by Vanessa Bell's mother Julia Stephen and others.

Dates: 1912 - 1952

Letters from Molly MacCarthy to Lydia Lopokova Keynes, 1946

Reference Code: GBR/0272/LLK/5/144
Scope and Contents

3 autograph letters, signed.

Dates: 1946

Letters to Vanessa and Clive Bell on the death of Virginia Woolf, 1941-04

Reference Code: GBR/0272/CHA/1/697
Scope and Contents Photocopies of 60 autograph letters signed from: Colin Agnew, Barbara Bagenal, Margaret Balchin, Col. Cory Heward Bell, Mrs. H. T. Bell, Nellie Boxall, Nelly Cecil, Bishop of Chichester, 'K' [Kenneth Clark], Marie Collett, [?Violet Dickinson], Margaret Duckworth, Sophia Farrell, Lettice Fisher, E.M. Forster, Ethel Grant, Edward Lewis, Ruby Lindsay, 'Topsy' Lucas, [Molly MacCarthy], Violet Mannering, Beatrice Mayor, Raymond Mortimer, Victor Pasmore, Patricia Preece, Claude and Elsie Rogers,...
Dates: 1941-04

Playreading Society Minute Book, 1907 - 1915

Reference Code: GBR/0272/CHA/5/1
Scope and Contents Minutes, written up by Clive Bell, of the meetings of a play-reading society [?at 40 Gordon Square], with cast lists and comments on the performances by Clive Bell. The players were variously Clive Bell, Vanessa Bell, Walter Lamb, Adrian Stephen, Lytton Strachey and Saxon Sydney-Turner, 1907-9; Clive Bell, Vanessa Bell, Roger and Margery Fry, Duncan Grant, Molly MacCarthy and Saxon Sydney-Turner, 1914-15. For the later period, fewer performance details are recorded. The book was used...
Dates: 1907 - 1915

Postcard from Mary ('Molly') McCarthy, 1942-06-12

Reference Code: GBR/0272/WJHS/1/65
Scope and Contents

1 autograph postcard, signed, with note by E.M. Forster.

Dates: 1942-06-12