Fiona MacCarthy

Fiona MacCarthy (born January 23, 1940) is a British biographer and cultural historian. She was raised in Chelsea; her family then owned the Dorchester Hotel. MacCarthy was a participant in the last debutante season in 1958, and her memoir "Last Curtsey: The End of the Debutantes" (2006) documents her early life and the end of "coming out" in the older meaning of the term. After being educated at Oxford University, where she read English, MacCarthy joined "The Guardian" in 1963, which was a life changing experience for her, changing attitudes inherited from her background. A first marriage ended in divorce when she left her husband for, and became pregnant by, silversmith David Mellor.

Her biographies of Eric Gill, William Morris and Lord Byron have been well received, though controversial in certain quarters. She received the Wolfson History Prize and the Writers' Guild Non-fiction Award in 1995 for the Morris biography. She has also been a contributor to the "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography".

Fiona MacCarthy continues to write for "The Guardian" newspaper regularly.

References

*"Fiona MacCarthy: The Last Debutante" by Matthew J Reisz, "The Independent", 6 October 2006

elect Bibliography

* "Eric Gill" (Faber and Faber, 1989) ISBN 0-571-13754-7
* "William Morris" (Alfred A. Knopf, 1995) ISBN 0-394-58531-3
* "Byron: life and legend" (John Murray 2002) ISBN 0-7195-5621-X
* "Last Curtsey: The End of the Debutantes" (Faber 2006) ISBN 0-571-22859-3


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