Rose Macaulay

About Rose Macaulay

Who is it?: Writer
Birth Day: August 01, 1881
Birth Place: Rugby, British
Citizenship: United Kingdom
Education: Oxford High School for Girls
Alma mater: Somerville College, Oxford
Notable works: They Were Defeated (1932) The World My Wilderness (1950) The Towers of Trebizond (1956)
Notable awards: James Tait Black Memorial Prize (1956) Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1958)
Partner: Gerald O'Donovan (c.1918–1942)

Rose Macaulay

Rose Macaulay was born on August 01, 1881 in Rugby, British, is Writer. Rose Macaulay, also known as Dame Emilie Rose Macaulay, was an English author who primarily wrote novels along with several biographies and travel writings. Born in England, she was one of the seven children in her family and desired to become a Navy officer. After spending several years in Italy, her family returned to their homeland where she completed her schooling. Then she proceeded to college where she studied history and fell in love with the seventeenth century history in particular. After completing her graduation, she returned to live with her family and it was during these years that she first began to write both poetry and prose. Her first successful novel was ‘The Lee Shore’—her sixth attempt in the fictional genre, after producing several poetic as well as non-fictional works. Along with writing, she also served as a volunteer during the First World War. After the war, she published some satirical comedies such as ‘Potterism’, and ‘Told by an Idiot’ which established her as a witty and thoughtful novelist. She went on to produce some marvelous works but after her house was destroyed during the Second World War and she lost her longtime lover, Gerald O’Donovan, she took a break from writing. Later, she made a comeback with a number of travel books, followed by a few novels. Her last book, ‘The Towers of Trebizond’ was acclaimed as the most remarkable work of her career
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As per our current Database, Rose Macaulay has been died on 30 October 1958(1958-10-30) (aged 77).

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Occupation Writers
Age 77 years old
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Born August 01, 1881 (Rugby, British)
Birthday August 01
Town/City Rugby, British
Nationality British

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Rose Macaulay’s zodiac sign is Virgo. According to astrologers, Virgos are always paying attention to the smallest details and their deep sense of humanity makes them one of the most careful signs of the zodiac. Their methodical approach to life ensures that nothing is left to chance, and although they are often tender, their heart might be closed for the outer world. This is a sign often misunderstood, not because they lack the ability to express, but because they won’t accept their feelings as valid, true, or even relevant when opposed to reason. The symbolism behind the name speaks well of their nature, born with a feeling they are experiencing everything for the first time.

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"Adultery is a meanness and a stealing, a taking away from someone what should be theirs, a great selfishness, and surrounded and guarded by lies lest it should be found out. And out of meanness and selfishness and lying flow love and joy and peace beyond anything that can be imagined."



Macaulay began writing her first novel, Abbots Verney (published 1906), after leaving Somerville and while living with her parents at Ty Isaf, near Aberystwyth, in Wales. Later novels include The Lee Shore (1912), Potterism (1920), Dangerous Ages (1921), Told by an Idiot (1923), And No Man's Wit (1940), The World My Wilderness (1950), and The Towers of Trebizond (1956). Her non-fiction work includes They Went to Portugal, Catchwords and Claptrap, a biography of Milton, and Pleasure of Ruins. Macaulay's fiction was influenced by Virginia Woolf and Anatole France.


During World War I Macaulay worked in the British Propaganda Department, after some time as a nurse and later as a civil servant in the War Office. She pursued a romantic affair with Gerald O'Donovan, a Writer and former Jesuit priest, whom she met in 1918; the relationship lasted until his death, in 1942. During the interwar period she was a sponsor of the pacifist Peace Pledge Union; however she resigned from the PPU and later recanted her pacifism in 1940. Her London flat was utterly destroyed in the Blitz, and she had to rebuild her life and library from scratch, as documented in the semi-autobiographical short story, Miss Anstruther's Letters, which was published in 1942.


Macaulay was never a simple believer in "mere Christianity"; however, and her writings reveal a more complex, mystical sense of the Divine. That said, she did not return to the Anglican church until 1953; she had been an ardent secularist before and, while religious themes pervade her novels, previous to her conversion she often treats Christianity satirically, for instance in Going Abroad and The World My Wilderness. She never married, as a result of her lengthy and secret relationship with Gerald O'Donovan.


The Towers of Trebizond, her final novel, is generally regarded as her masterpiece. Strongly autobiographical, it treats with wistful humour and deep sadness the attractions of mystical Christianity, and the irremediable conflict between adulterous love and the demands of the Christian faith. For this work, she received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1956.


She was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) on 31 December 1957 in the 1958 New Years Honours. Macaulay was an active feminist throughout her life. Dame Rose Macaulay died on 30 October 1958, aged 77.

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