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Desmond MacCarthy


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William Makepeace Thackeray : Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family

27 January 1918: 'Desmond has read some of the Newcomes lately: finds no depth, but a charming rippling conventional picturesqueness.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Desmond MacCarthy      Print: Unknown


James Joyce : Ulysses

1 May 1918: 'On Sunday [28 April] Desmond came to dinner [...] Late at night he took to reading Joyce's ms. aloud, & in particular to imitating his modern imitation of a cat's miau. L[eonard]. went to bed, & though capable of spending a night in this manner, I had compunction, & decoyed Desmond upstairs, collecting books as we went.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Desmond MacCarthy      Manuscript: Codex


Desmond MacCarthy : lecture on Sir Leslie Stephen

Monday 1 June 1937: 'I should make a note of Desmond [MacCarthy]'s queer burst of intimacy the other evening [...] last Tuesday, that is; [he] read us his L[eslie]. S[tephen]. lecture, a rather laboured but honest but perfunctory lecture: after which he & I sitting in the twilight with the door open, L[eonard]. [Woolf] coming in & out, discussed his shyness: he says he thinks it made him uncreative.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Desmond MacCarthy      


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