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Desmond MacCarthy letters to Sir Ralph and Lady Iris Wedgwood

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0690

Scope and Contents

The letters from Desmond MacCarthy to Sir Ralph and Lady Iris Wedgwood Collection contains sixteen letters from MacCarthy to the Wedgwoods; two carbon copies of replies to letters from MacCarthy by Ralph Wedgwood (1947); a letter from Molly MacCarthy, Desmond's wife, to the Wedgwoods acknowledging their condolences on Desmond's death; and a letter from Desmond MacCarthy to Veronica Wedgwood. MacCarthy's letters discuss his own and others' literary work, mutual friends of the MacCarthys and the Wedgwoods, and plans for visits with the Wedgwoods. The 1947 correspondence concerns MacCarthy's attempt to set up a fund to help support the philosopher G.E. Moore.

The letters are arranged chronologically and, except where noted, are from Desmond MacCarthy to Ralph Wedgwood.


  • Creation: 1915-1952


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Desmond MacCarthy (1877-1952)

The critic Desmond MacCarthy was born in Plymouth, England, in 1877 and died in 1952, in Cambridge, England. He was educated at Cambridge where he became a member of the elite intellectual society, the Apostles. His associates in the group included Roger Fry, G.E. Moore, and Bertrand Russell. MacCarthy was also associated with the Bloomsbury Group. After Cambridge, MacCarthy served as a critic and editor for a number of publications, including the New Quarterly and the New Statesman. He married Mary Warre-Cornish (Molly) in 1906. In 1928, he became the senior literary critic for the London Sunday Times. MacCarthy's essays and criticism were frequently collected and published in book form. He was knighted in 1951.

"Affable Hawk." Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group 2002. Retrieved January 7, 2003, from Literature Resource Center (

Sir Ralph Wedgwood (1874-1956)

Sir Ralph Wedgwood was a descendant of Josiah Wedgwood, founder of the famous ceramics and pottery firm. He distinguished himself as a railway administrator, was knighted in 1924, and created a baronet in 1942. He married his wife, Iris, in 1906. Their daughter, Veronica, was a distinguished historian.

"Wedgwood, Sir Ralph Lewis." The Dictionary of National Biography, 1951-1960. Oxford University Press, 1971, pp. 1031-1032.


20 item (44 pages)


Eighteen letters from Desmond MacCarthy to Sir Ralph and Lady Iris Wedgewood, accompanied by two carbon copies of letters to MacCarthy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2002.

Related Materials

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Shelving Summary

Box 40, F0690: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Processing Information

Processed by Kevin Burke, January 2003. Encoded by George Apodaca, March 2016.

Finding aid for Desmond MacCarthy letters to Sir Ralph and Lady Iris Wedgwood
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2016 March 3
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