Lady Mary Josepha “Mollie” <I>Warre-Cornish</I> MacCarthy

Lady Mary Josepha “Mollie” Warre-Cornish MacCarthy

Lynton, North Devon District, Devon, England
Death 29 Dec 1953 (aged 71)
Hampton, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
Burial Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
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Writer. She was born at Lynton, Devon, in August 1882, the daughter of Francis Warre Warre-Cornish (1839–1916), vice-provost of Eton, and Blanche Ritchie (1848–1922), novelist, whose eccentric sayings were collected as Cornishiana. Her marriage to Desmond MacCarthy on 29 August 1906 produced two sons, Michael and Dermod, and a daughter, Rachel (Lady David Cecil). An original, amusing, if diffident and distracted, personality, Molly MacCarthy has been credited with coining the term ‘Bloomsbury' as applied to her friends; in 1920 she founded Bloomsbury's Memoir Club to encourage Desmond's writing. Her novel A Pier and a Band (1918) amusingly represents characters resembling herself and her husband. An engaging memoir, A Nineteenth-Century Childhood, appeared in 1924. She suffered from her husband's feckless gregariousness. Deafness cruelly increased her isolation from his social life, but she continued to write, publishing biographical studies in Fighting Fitzgerald and other Papers (1930) and Handicaps: Six Studies (1936), and then a volume of miscellaneous sketches, entitled Festival, etc. (1936). A sequel to her childhood memoir was never completed. Molly MacCarthy died of heart failure on 28 December 1953 at Garrick's Villa, Hampton, Middlesex.
(bio by Martin Packer)

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