Bensen, Alice. Rose Macaulay. New York: Twayne, 1969. This standard account is especially valuable because there are few books devoted to Macaulay. Offers a survey of her widely varied output: novels, short stories, historical works, travel books, essays, and book reviews. Her tolerance for and sympathy with others are brought out.
Crawford, Alice. Paradise Pursued: The Novels of Rose Macaulay. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1995. Explores Macaulay’s beginnings as an Edwardian novelist, her World War I novels, her treatment of women and civilization in the 1920’s, her novels of the 1930’s, and her final novels. Includes appendices on Macaulay’s childhood reading and on other writings. Provides notes and bibliography.
Emery, Jane. Rose Macaulay: A Writer’s Life. London: John Murray, 1991. The standard biography of Macaulay, written with grace and sensitivity to the life and the work. See especially the introduction, “Three Voices of Rose Macaulay.” Includes notes and bibliography.
Passty, Jeanette. Eros and Androgyny: The Legacy of Rose Macaulay. London: Associated University Presses, 1988. Sees Macaulay as a feminist pioneer who repudiated the traditional pattern of the male-dominated family in favor of an androgynous ideal, arguing that people should pursue their aims in a gender-free way. Gives an account of Macaulay’s work, the most comprehensive available, with the feminist theme always in the forefront. Her correspondence with Father Hamilton Johnson and its importance for her work receive detailed attention.
Smith, Constance Babington. Rose Macaulay. London: Collins, 1972. Presents a detailed account of her family background and sheds light on key episodes in her life, such as her unrequited love for Rupert Brooke. Gives synopses of most of her major works. A useful feature is an appendix that contains tributes to Macaulay from a number of her friends, including Harold Nicolson and Rosamond Lehmann.