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Sir Desmond MacCarthy
Birth: May 20, 1877
Plymouth
Devon, England
Death: Jun. 7, 1952
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire, England

Author. British literary and dramatic critic. Born in Plymouth, he was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took a History degree. In 1903, he began to write book reviews and dramatic criticism for The Speaker. From 1907 to 1910, he edited The New Quarterly. In 1913, on the founding of The New Statesman, he became the dramatic critic of that magazine; and, from 1920 to 1927, its literary editor, under the pseudonym "Affable Hawk" (he was said to have had noticeably aquiline features.) During the First World War, he served with the Red Cross in a section attached to the French Army and, later, worked at the Admiralty. In 1928, he succeeded Sir Edmund Gosse as the literary critic of The Sunday Times, for which he continued to write for the rest of his life; and, in the same year, he founded a magazine called Life and Letters, which he edited for five years. He published eight books in his lifetime, of which the best-known are "Portraits" (1931) and "Shaw" (1951); three further volumes appeared after his death. He was, in addition, well-known as a broadcaster on the B.B.C. Although MacCarthy is often regarded as having been a member of the Bloomsbury Group, he himself remarked that "Bloomsbury has never been a spiritual home for me." In 1945, MacCarthy became the President of P.E.N. in Great Britain; and, in 1951, he was knighted by King George VI. The following year, he died suddenly, two days after receiving an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Cambridge University. In 1906, he had married Mary (known as Molly) Warre-Cornish, the daughter of the Provost of Eton. She was herself a writer, notably of "A Nineteenth Century Childhood" and the novel "A Pier and a Band", in which she appears as Perdita and her husband as FitzGerald. (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) 
 
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  Mary Josepha Warre-Cornish MacCarthy (1882 - 1953)*
 
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Burial:
Ascension Parish Burial Ground
Cambridge
City of Cambridge
Cambridgeshire, England
Plot: 1H2
 
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Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
Record added: Feb 12, 2005
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Sir Desmond MacCarthy
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Sir Desmond MacCarthy
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Sir Desmond MacCarthy
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