LAST LETTERS TO A FRIEND: 1952-1958 by Rose Macaulay


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The final years of correspondence with Father Hamilton Johnson continue in the pattern set in Letters To a Friend: 1950 -1952 (see p. 1110, 1961). Rose Macaulay's brisk intelligence makes these a matter of delight as she turns to recurrent themes of religious and literary nature which are the heart of her discourse. For those interested in the life of the church, there is much comment on the difference of Anglican and Roman Catholic view; for those interested in the life of letters, there are glimpses, almost too quick to savor, of literary figures (Virginia Woolf was not ""an unhappy person, Ezelyn Wangh's ""conversion did him no literary good""), and of their work. It was during this period of her life that R.M. went to Turkey and drew from it her great success, , the meaning of and reactions to which she alludes here. She also had conferred upon her the title of Dame, which only well among the literary latten bore at the time -- and wondered whether she mightn't have gotten the C.B.E. instead, which would have make less stir. The letters close in the year of her death maintaining the same lightness of touch and quick striking power to the end. The sense of joyous faith triumphant in the four seasons of the church year, ever ready to seek greater light, predominates here. For the cong a last glimpse of an illumined mind.

Publisher: Atheneum