Mary MacCarthy

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Mary MacCarthy (1882 – 29 December 1953) was a British writer, known for her involvement in the "Bloomsbury Group".

She was born Mary Warre-Cornish, the daughter of the schoolmaster and man of letters Francis Warre Warre-Cornish by his wife, Blanche. She was commonly called Molly.

In 1906 she married the literary critic Sir Desmond MacCarthy, with whom she had one daughter, Rachel.

Grave of Desmond and Mary MacCarthy

Though prevented by progressive hearing-loss from full participation in group conversation, she was active in the Bloomsbury group, as demonstrated by her formation of its Memoir group and Novel group, and by coining the term "Bloomsberries" to describe its members.

Her sister Cecilia married William Wordsworth Fisher later Admiral. Her daughter Rachel married the biographer David Cecil.

She is buried at the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge, with her husband.


  • The Bloomsbury Group: A Collection of Memoirs and Commentary, ed. S. P. Rosenbaum (University of Toronto Press, revised edition, 1995).
  • Clever hearts: Desmond and Molly MacCarthy: a biography, by Hugh and Mirabel Cecil (Gollancz, 1990).

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