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They Were Defeated by Rose Macaulay
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They Were Defeated (1932)

by Rose Macaulay

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Before coming across this at an estate sale, I was familiar with Rose Macaulay only as the author of The Towers of Trebizond, her best known novel by far. From this book, I deduce, first, that she had the disposition and talents of a scholar as well; and second, that academia slighted her because of her sex. This is a sensitive portrayal of a the world of English letters in 1640 -- a world on the brink of the cataract that was the Civil War.

Of the 527 poems in the Oxford anthology of seventeenth-century pottery, 127 are by people who appear as characters in this novel: Milton, Crashaw, Herrick, Marvell, Suckling, Cowley, Henry More, and John Cleveland (the villain of the piece, and a nasty piece of work Dame Rose made of him).

This was published in the US under the title The Shadow Flies. My copy is of that edition.
  sonofcarc | Nov 30, 2013 |
A beautifully written book, Macaulay's only historical novel of the English Civil War. ( )
  moncrieff | Jul 4, 2006 |
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To my Uncle
WILLIAM HERRICK MACAULAY
this story of Cambridge
and one of our distant relatives
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Things were going none too well this morning, the vicar felt.
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A historical novel set in the 17th century
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0192813161, Paperback)

In this book of tragedy and great beauty, Rose Macaulay's only historical novel, she reveals a lifelong passion for the seventeenth century. Here she interweaves the lives of Robert Herrick and other poets with those of a small group of fictional characters, setting them vividly in one of the most turbulent periods in English history. "The the great enrichment of the English language Miss Macaulay has chosen an historical subject....She has added something permanent to English letters."--Observer

Rose Macaulay was a successful novelist whose works include Potterism and The Towers of Trebizond.

Susan Howatch is the author of The Dark Shore and Penmarric.

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