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MacCarthy, Fiona

Works: 52 works in 263 publications in 3 languages and 7,833 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographies  Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Curator, Author of introduction, Other, Contributor, Creator, wat
Classifications: PR4381, B
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Most widely held works about Fiona MacCarthy
Most widely held works by Fiona MacCarthy
William Morris : a life for our time by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

39 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 1,437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Morris was an extraordinary figure, so manifold in his ambitions and talents, so outsize in his personality, that no single biographer has yet come to grips with his entire life, works, and character. As a wonderfully talented designer and artistic entrepreneur, Morris created a style that still lives; as a contradictory political figure - at once a radical and a traditionalist - he was a founding father of British Socialism in the era of Marx and Engels; as a poet and storyteller, he attained a huge contemporary reputation, producing several best-sellers; and as the husband of the Pre-Raphaelite icon Jane Morris (whose love affair with Dante Gabriel Rossetti caused a stir and led to many famous paintings), he was the subject of personal torments as profound as his creative ones. In this biography, Fiona MacCarthy brings all the strands together, from the dreamy boy in a London suburb spinning medieval fantasies to the great bearded patriarch dividing his time between the design and production of beautiful fabrics, the translation of Icelandic epics, and the promotion of Socialism on street corners. Her understanding of his work as an artist-craftsman is profound, yet she is equally illuminating about the strange mixture of nostalgia and yearning for change that shaped his politics. At the same time, she is prepared to deal frankly and in detail with his often painful personal life
Byron : life and legend by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

23 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With this book, Fiona MacCarthy has produced the most important work on Byron in nearly half a century. Granted unprecedented access to many documents and artifacts unexamined by previous scholars, MacCarthy brings a fresh, engaging sensibility to a full appreciation of the poet's life and art. Byron: life and legend explores heretofore unrevealed aspects of Byron's complex creative existence, reassessing his poetry, reinterpreting his incomparable letters, and reconsidering the voluminous record left by the poet's contemporaries: his friends and family, his critics and supporters. MacCarthy's scope is comprehensive, giving due weight to each aspect of her subject's genius and covering the full range of his life, retracing his journeys through Italy, Turkey, and Greece and culminating in his heroic voyage to Missolonghi, where he died at the tragically early age of thirty-six. After his death, a pervasive Byronism swept Europe presented here is the fascinating evolution of his posthumous reputation and its influence on literature, architecture, painting, music, manners, sex and psyche. Full of energy and detail, subtlety and glamour, this new study reestablishes Byron as a charismatic figure in the forefront of European art
Eric Gill : a lover's quest for art and God by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

21 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eric Gill, who died in 1940, was among the greatest English artist-craftsmen of the 20th century: a typographer and lettercutter of genius, and a master in the art of sculpture and wood-engraving. In this biography, the problems and contradictions of Gill the man and Gill the artist are examined
The last Pre-Raphaelite : Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian imagination by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

21 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the prize-winning author of William Morris comes a new biography of Edward Burne-Jones, the greatest British artist of the second half of the nineteenth century. The angels on our Christmas cards, the stained glass in our churches, the great paintings in our galleries - Edward Burne-Jones's work is all around us. The most admired British artist of his generation, he was a leading figure with Oscar Wilde in the aesthetic movement of the 1880s, inventing what became a widespread 'Burne-Jones look'. The bridge between Victorian and modern art, he influenced not just his immediate circle but artists such as Klimt and Picasso. In this gripping book Fiona MacCarthy explores and re-evaluates his art and life - his battle against vicious public hostility, the romantic susceptibility to female beauty that would inspire his art and ruin his marriage, his ill health and depressive sensibility, the devastating rift with his great friend and collaborator William Morris as their views on art and politics diverged. With new research and fresh historical perspective, The Last Pre-Raphaelite tells the extraordinary, dramatic story of Burne-Jones as an artist, a key figure in Victorian society and a peculiarly captivating man
Stanley Spencer : an English vision by Stanley Spencer( Book )

18 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stanley Spencer, a central figure in the current revival of European figurative painting, is among the most important English painters of the twentieth century. In this book, Fiona MacCarthy investigates Spencer's life, sets his work in its cultural context, and emphasises the links between his life and his paintings. With the extensive commentary - edited from Spencer's own writings - on each of the stunning reproductions of Spencer's paintings, this volume provides a comprehensive account of a profoundly original artist and his work."--Jacket
Anarchy & beauty : William Morris and his legacy, 1860-1960 by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

13 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Morris (1834-1896) was an artist, craftsman, designer, poet, polymath, and visionary thinker. Well known for advocating that objects of beauty be accessible to all, Morris had a tremendous impact on the British Socialist movement, the Arts and Crafts movement, the Garden City movement, as well as on successive generations of artists and thinkers in Britain and beyond. In this fascinating book, Fiona MacCarthy examines Morris's vision of a society in which art could flourish, and how this idea resonated over the ensuing century. Anarchy and Beauty takes the reader through Morris's fascinating career, from the establishment of his decorative arts shop (later Morris & Co.), to his radical sexual politics and libertarianism, and the publication in 1890 of his novel News from Nowhere, which envisions a utopian socialist society. MacCarthy then looks at the numerous artists and movements that bear the influence of Morris's ideas: Arts and Crafts and the Garden City, which took hold in both Europe and the United States; artists' communities that sprung up during the interwar years; and the 1951 Festival of Britain, whose mission was to bring the highest standards of design within the reach of everyone. -- Publisher
The simple life : C.R. Ashbee in the Cotswolds by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

16 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the spring of 1902, when the back-to-the-land movement was at its height, an exodus began to Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds. East End London workmen - jewellers, silversmiths, enamellers, cavers, modellers, blacksmiths, cabinet-makers, book-binders and printers - fled from the rushed and crowded life of the big city to a rural idyll of craftsmanship and husbandry which was, at the time, all good socialists' dream. This extraordinary idealistic movement was to have a lasting impact not only on the lives of the 150 London immigrants and their leader, the architect, Charles Robert Ashbee, b
All things bright and beautiful; design in Britain, 1830 to today by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

9 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

British design since 1880 : a visual history by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

11 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of British design, 1830-1970 by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

9 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Last curtsey : the end of the debutantes by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'In 1958 - the year in which Krushchev came to power in Russia, the year after Eden's resignation over Suez, two years after John Osborne's Look Back in Anger - the last of the debutantes, myself among them, went to the Palace to curtsey to the Queen.' Fiona MacCarthy and her fellow 'debs' were taking part in one of the final rituals of aristocratic power. The system had been in operation almost unchanged since the eighteenth century. It was a female rite of passage, an elaborate initiation ceremony marking the emergence of the virgin out of the schoolroom and into society at the marriageable age of seventeen. But that year, in 1958, it was drawing to a close." "Under pressure to shine - not least from their mothers - the girls were somewhere between teenagers and clones of the Queen herself. The focus for newspaper diarists and society photographers, these young women participated in a party season stretching for months among the great houses of England, Ireland and Scotland. Yet behind all the grandeur lay anxiety and making-do, as many families struggled to maintain the splendour of former times." "Fiona MacCarthy traces the stories of the girls who curtseyed that year, and shows how their lives were to open out in often very unexpected ways - as Britain itself changed irreversibly during the 1960s, and the certainties of the old order came to an end. Sharp, witty and beautifully observed, Last Curtsey is a triumph both as memoir and as social history."--BOOK JACKET
Eye for industry : royal designers for industry, 1936-1986 by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

12 editions published in 1986 in 3 languages and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kenneth Grange : making Britain modern( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward Burne-Jones by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in Undetermined and English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Omega workshops 1913-1919 : decorative arts of Bloomsbury : Crafts Council Gallery : 18 January-18 March 1984 : a Crafts Council exhibition by Crafts Council( Book )

4 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Omega Workshops, 1913-19 : decorative arts of Bloomsbury : Crafts Council Gallery, 18 January-18 March 1984 : a Crafts Council exhibition by Crafts Council( Book )

3 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Allen Jones : maîtresse by Allen Jones( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and German and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "Maîtresse" series by the British Pop artist Allen Jones has its origins in a painting that Jones created in 1976 for a film poster for Barbet Schroeder's eponymous and controversially debated film about a seductive, leather-clad dominatrix. In the years until 2015, the "Maîtresse" motif developed?in various executions and in play with poses, colors, and space into a self-contained group of works within Jones's oeuvre. The catalogue brings together large-format works on canvas, drawings, studies on paper, a newly created silkscreen series, a sculptural work, as well as archival material. Exhibition: LEVY Galerie, Hamburg, Germany (08.11-23.12.2016)
Telling the tale of Topsy : William Morris's biographers : the 1993 Kelmscott lecture by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Work for married women by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

2 editions published in 1966 in Undetermined and English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An English vision by Fiona MacCarthy( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in Undetermined and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Fiona MacCarthy biógrafa e historiadora cultural británica

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Fiona MacCarthy British biographer and cultural historian

Fiona MacCarthy schrijfster uit Verenigd Koninkrijk (1940-)

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Mellor, Fiona MacCarthy.

Mellor, Fiona MacCarthy, 1940-

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Byron : life and legendEric Gill : a lover's quest for art and GodThe last Pre-Raphaelite : Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian imaginationStanley Spencer : an English visionThe simple life : C.R. Ashbee in the CotswoldsLast curtsey : the end of the debutantesKenneth Grange : making Britain modernEdward Burne-JonesAn English vision