To be published alongside our edition of Rose Macaulay’s Potterism on 24 August 2020.
All Rose Macaulay’s anti-war writing, collected together in one fascinating and thought-provoking volume.
Her novel Non-Combatants and Others (1916) is a classic of pacifist writing, and was one of the first novels to be written and published during the First World War that set out the moral and ideological arguments against war.
Her journalism for The Spectator, Time & Tide, The Listener and other magazines from the mid-1930s to the end of the Second World War, details the rise of fascism and the civilian response to the impending war. These are supported by Macaulay’s two inter-war essays on pacifism,‘Apeing the Barbarians’ and ‘Moral Indignation’.
Macaulay’s only wartime short story, ‘Miss Anstruther’s Letters’, is a devastating account of the loss of her flat and all her possessions in the Blitz.
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Non-Combatants and Others is scathing and heart-breaking, yet finds a way for pacifists to work for an end to conflict.
Witty, furious and despairing in turn, Macaulay’s forgotten magazine columns reveal new insights into how people find war and its tyrannies creeping up on them.
‘Miss Anstruther’s Letters’ is devastating. But more desperate a loss than Miss Anstruther’s books were the letters from her secret lover, who had just died. Drawing from her own secret heartbreak, Macaulay wrote her life most powerfully into this, her last short story.
You may also be interested in these other Handheld titles about pacifism:
The Conscientious Objector’s Wife. Letters Between Frank and Lucy Sunderland, 1916-19, edited by Kate Macdonald (2018)
A Quaker Conscientious Objector. Wilfrid Littleboy’s Prison Letters, 1917-19, edited by Rebecca Wynter and Ben Pink Dandelion (2020)
Rose Macaulay’s 1918 novel What Not, which we published in 2018, is a powerful dystopian response to the tragedy of the First Worl War.