Macaulay Essayist Pen
December 5, 1999Quicker Than St. John the Divine
David Macaulay reconstructs his most successful book only 25 years after its first completion.
By STEVEN HELLER
BUILDING THE BOOK ''CATHEDRAL''
By David Macaulay.
112 pp. Boston:
Walter Lorraine Books/
Houghton Mifflin Company. $29.95.
f you want to know how anything works, David Macaulay has the answers. An eminent children's book author and illustrator, Macaulay has carved out a niche as a visual essayist who has transformed a personal fascination with mechanics, engineering, architecture and plain old gadgetry into books that illuminate the mysteries of the wondrous and the commonplace. The most notable, including ''Castle,'' ''City,'' ''Mill,'' ''Pyramid,'' ''Ship,'' ''Underground,'' ''Unbuilding'' and ''The Way Things Work,'' examine things people have built from the inside out and the ground up.
Through his elegant line drawings and eloquent prose, Macaulay artfully opens doors to otherwise perplexing questions of construction and invention. In one book he effortlessly explains the building of the Egyptian pyramids; in another, the hidden workings of the urban infrastructure. In ''The Way Things Work,'' an illustrated catalog of everyday functional objects, which was also produced as an interactive CD-ROM, no contraption is too small or too complex for analysis.
And this is not just superficial analysis, either. Macaulay has the insight of a fabricator and the vision of an inventor. Even his humorous books -- Rome Antics,'' ''Great Moments in Architecture'' and ''Motel of the Mysteries'' -- are replete with genuine data and incredible lore designed to inspire children and adults.
Of Macaulay's 16 books, ''Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction,'' published over 25 years ago, is my favorite. It was the first time as an adult I read a so-called children's book that answered questions I had been asking since I was a kid. From the day my third-grade class visited the perpetually unfinished Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan, I wanted to know how such ambitious structures as this were built during the Middle Ages without the benefit of diesel engines and towering cranes. Moreover, what kind of intelligence masterminded such difficult undertakings? I had no patience for academic studies, so Macaulay's book was the perfect alternative.
''Cathedral'' begins in 13th-century France, in an imaginary but plausible place called Chutreaux, and proceeds as a guided tour of the arduous construction, lasting almost a century, of a sacred building intended to house the remains of St. Germain, a knight of the First Crusade. ''The people of Chutreaux wished to build the longest, widest, highest and most beautiful cathedral in all of France,'' Macaulay wrote. ''The new cathedral would be built to the glory of God and it mattered little that it might take more than 100 years to construct it.'' Macaulay introduces an architect, William of Planz, the Philip Johnson of his day, who developed the original design. Then he reports on the generations of quarrymen, stonecutters, roofers and other master craftsmen who built up each level, from cavernous foundation to vaulted ceiling, ever higher toward heaven.
The methods of construction are chronicled in clear, cross-hatched, pen-and-ink line drawings that are neither overly academic nor tediously schematic nor slavishly mannered. They are, however, historically accurate. Macaulay's exhaustive research is evidenced in each detailed picture. In fact, this book could be called ''Cathedrals for Dummies,'' except that Macaulay never talks down to his readers. It is an impeccable piece of scholarship and an artistic tour de force.
Yet surprisingly, as it turns out, Macaulay was never entirely pleased with the result. Imperceptible to the reader are the pesky printing errors, misused words and misplaced lines and figures that have plagued him since he created the book ''in a state of sublime ignorance.'' Most authors must live with their perceived mistakes. But owing to Macaulay's publishing success (he received a Caldecott Medal for ''Black and White'' in 1991, and two Caldecott honors for ''Castle'' and ''Cathedral''), he has been given the rare second chance to make his first masterpiece even better in ''Building the Book 'Cathedral.' ''
This version is not, however, a simple revision. It does not merely retell the original story; Macaulay exercises what he calls ''the liberty of making a number of changes.'' This anniversary volume is actually a book about constructing a book -- like the cathedral itself, from the bottom up. In typical Macaulay fashion, the reprise of ''Cathedral'' became an opportunity to reveal accurately how something else is made and works. The difference between this how-to book and his previous ones is that he lived through the process -- and retained all the raw material needed to give the reader a vivid view.
For example, Macaulay acknowledges that ''Cathedral,'' and by extension his own career, began as something of an accident. For his first book he never intended to document a Gothic cathedral. ''I was just trying to make a picture book about a gargoyle beauty pageant,'' he writes. While the cute though stiff sample gargoyle drawings that he showed to an editor at Houghton Mifflin were greeted with polite amusement, he found that the more intricate cathedral drawing engendered real excitement. So rather than dismissing the original proposal, the editor suggested telling the story of the building. ''I guess I was too pleased by the encouragement to be crushed by the rejection,'' Macaulay writes. ''So the gargoyles went into seclusion and I returned to my drawing board.'' Uncertain how to proceed, he began drawing over the cross section of a Gothic cathedral from one of his old textbooks. ''Each time I traced it, I eliminated a little more of the building, starting from the top and working my way down to the ground,'' he continues. ''When I laid the sketches in reverse order, a cathedral grew.''
Once he had built a foundation for the book, Macaulay realized that his initial pictures were flat and ''lacked a pulse.'' He began refining his concept and developing a workable style. All of which -- including rough sketches, thumbnail layouts, photographic reference material and discarded finished pictures -- are offered as evidence of his trial and error. In addition to a narrative that explains his research at libraries and in real cathedrals (''I blew half the advance and flew to France,'' he admits) -- Macaulay audaciously edits the old version of ''Cathedral'' (crossing out sentences and adding words) before the reader's eyes. His perfectionist rationale for making many of the minor changes -- and some are indeed very subtle -- offer a clear insight into his painstaking procedures and ultimate maturity as a maker of books. ''I've moved the winter scene to the right-hand page and lowered it slightly to strengthen its connection with the view on Page 57,'' he says about one of his revisions. ''Now, when I turn from one page to the next, I get a stronger sense of the building growing.'' But some of the flaws in the original book were concessions to deadline pressures (the hobgoblin of all authors). ''I had a number of sketches of gutters, downspouts and roof details,'' he continues. ''In the end I settled for a simple cross section because it did the job and I was running out of time.''
Fortunately, Macaulay is a perfectionist with clout. Otherwise ''Building the Book 'Cathedral' ''might not have been published, if only because publishers are not in the business of fixing things that aren't broken, and the original ''Cathedral'' could easily stand for another 25 years. Nonetheless, for those of us who can't audit his class at the Rhode Island School of Design, this book is the best primer in storytelling and book design I have read. Whether this is a children's book or an adult's is not important. Everyone who enjoys learning about the mysterious inner workings of anything, and particularly everyone interested in the creative process, will find this semi-confessional and somewhat instructional volume engrossing.
Steven Heller, the art director of the Book Review, is the author of ''Design Literacy (Continued)'' and other books on graphic design.
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Robie Macauley in September, 1962.
|Born||Robie Mayhew Macauley|
(1919-05-31)May 31, 1919
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
|Died||November 20, 1995(1995-11-20) (aged 76)|
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|Occupation||novelist, short story writer, essayist, critic|
|Notable works||The Disguises of Love|
The End of Pity and Other Stories
A Secret History of Time to Come
Technique in Fiction
Robie Mayhew Macauley (May 31, 1919 – November 20, 1995) was an American editor, novelist and critic whose literary career spanned more than 50 years.
Robie Macauley was born on May 31, 1919, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was the older brother of the noted photographer and movie producer C. Cameron Macauley. His uncle owned and published the Hudsonville newspaper, The Ottawa Times (named for Ottawa County), and Macauley used the printing press to publish his first books of fiction and poetry. At age 18 he printed and bound a limited edition of Solomon's Cat, a previously unpublished poem by Walter Duranty, setting the type and engraving the illustrations.
As an undergraduate at Olivet College, he was a student of Ford Madox Ford (describing him as "my first teacher and editorial mentor.") and then won a three-year literary prize scholarship and transferred to Kenyon College to be a student of John Crowe Ransom. There he lived in a writer's house with Robert Lowell,Peter Taylor, and Randall Jarrell. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa during February 1941, and the same year was awarded a fellowship to attend the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He graduated summa cum laude from Kenyon in June 1941.
He was drafted in March 1942 and served in World War II as a special agent in the Counterintelligence Corps (CIC) with the 97th Infantry Division, in the "Ruhr Pocket" and then in Japan after the war. On April 23, 1945 Macauley's division helped liberate Flossenbürg concentration camp. Macauley later said, "I entered some concentration camps the day we liberated them-- the most horrifying days of my life. My job was to interview survivors. Most of the bodies that I saw had been stripped and it was impossible to tell which were those of Jews and which of Christians. Nazi murder was a great leveler, fully ecumenical... Hitler's bell tolled for all..."
Macauley wrote four autobiographical short stories based on his experiences doing intelligence work, collected in The End of Pity and Other Stories, (1957). In "A Nest of Gentlefolk", (winner of the 1949 Furioso Prize) he describes the CIC's futile search for Nazi war criminals in the war-ravaged town of Hohenlohe; in The Thin Voice he describes the unlawful murder of a Russian prisoner by American troops in Heiligenkreuz, Germany; in "The End of Pity" he tells the story of a woman's suicide after visiting her ruined house in a combat zone in Oberkassel; and in "The Mind is its Own Place" he describes his brief post-war encounter in Karuizawa, Japan with Captain Kermit Beahan, bombardier of the bomber "The Bockscar" who released the atomic bomb over Nagasaki. Macauley described Beahan as "a young captain with a college-boy face [who] had suffered some strange mutation of feeling so deep and so destructive..."
According to Macauley's letters archived at the University of North Carolina, while in Karuizawa he was friends with former Japanese Ambassador to the US Saburō Kurusu and German Admiral Paul Wenneker, as well as pianist Leo Sirota and artist Paul Jacoulet. He was also acquainted with former Japanese Prime Minister Prince Fumimaro Konoe, to whom he presented a copy of The Republic by Charles A. Beard. In his capacity as CIC Station Chief he supervised the arrests, on October 30, 1945 of a number of major Nazi leaders who were in hiding in Karuizawa: Dr. Franz Joseph Spahn, Nazi Gruppenleiter in Japan; Paul Sperringer, a former SSStormtrooper and assistant to Gestapo Chief Colonel Josef Meisinger; Karl Hamel, Meisinger's secretary; Charles Schmidt-Jucheim, a former San Francisco police officer and an ex-US Army sergeant who attended Gestapo training in Germany and renounced his US citizenship; Karlfried Graf Dürckheim, chief of the Nazi propaganda system in Japan; Heinrich Loy, a Gestapo spy who allegedly participated in the Munich Beer Hall Putsch; Dr. Karl Kindermann, Meisinger's Jewish interpreter who was an informant for the Gestapo; Alrich Mosaner, chief of the Hitler Youth in Japan; and Otto Burmeister, chief of the Nazi education system in Japan. Most of these individuals were later released by the CIC.
Robie Macauley was awarded the Legion of Merit for his work in detaining members of the Gestapo in Japan.
Iowa Writers Workshop
After the war he taught briefly at Bard College then worked at Gourmet Magazine and for Henry Holt and Company. During 1947 he taught at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop with Paul Engle, Robert Lowell and Anthony Hecht (with whom Macauley had served during World War II), where he befriended Flannery O'Connor, advising her on drafts of her first novel, Wise Blood. He completed his MFA at the University of Iowa in 1950 and spent the next three years at the Woman's College (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) where he taught modern American literature and writing.
The Congress for Cultural Freedom
Macauley received a Rockefeller Fellowship and during 1953 Cord Meyer offered him a position in the International Organizations Division of the Central Intelligence Agency. With John Crowe Ransom's encouragement, Macauley accepted and relocated to Paris where he participated in the Congress for Cultural Freedom. Macauley assisted in the publication of Quadrant magazine (edited by James McAuley), an Australian literary journal that at the time had "an anticommunist thrust".Pybus, Cassandra,  He was also U.S. representative to the International PEN Congress in Tokyo (1957) and Brazil (1960).
The Kenyon Review
During 1958 he returned to the US to succeed John Crowe Ransom as editor of The Kenyon Review. Ransom described Macauley as "wise and thorough, thoroughly experienced, an excellent critic...; a pretty good fiction writer who has just begun to get a lot better; and a person universally admired and liked." During the next seven years Macauley published works by John Barth,T. S. Eliot, Nadine Gordimer, Robert Graves, Randall Jarrell, Richmond Lattimore, Doris Lessing, Robert Lowell, V. S. Naipaul, Joyce Carol Oates, Frank O'Connor, V. S. Pritchett, Thomas Pynchon, J. F. Powers, Karl Shapiro, Jean Stafford, Christina Stead, Peter Taylor, and Robert Penn Warren, as well as articles, essays and book reviews by Eric Bentley, Cleanth Brooks, R. P. Blackmur, Malcolm Cowley, Richard Ellmann, Leslie Fiedler, Martin Green, and Raymond Williams. In 1964 he served as a fiction judge for the National Book Awards together with John Cheever and Philip Rahv. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and took a sabbatical in 1964–65 as a Fulbright Research Fellow at the University of London.
During 1966 Macauley became the Fiction Editor at Playboy, where he published fiction by Saul Bellow, Michael Crichton, John Cheever, Roald Dahl, James Dickey, J. P. Donleavy, Nadine Gordimer, John Irving, Arthur Koestler, John LeCarre, Ursula K. Le Guin, Doris Lessing, Bernard Malamud, Vladimir Nabokov, Joyce Carol Oates, Seán Ó Faoláin, Anne Sexton, Irwin Shaw, Isaac B. Singer, John Updike, and Kurt Vonnegut as well as poetry by Yevgeny Yevtushenko. David H. Lynn, writing in The Kenyon Review, said that "in the years when he was fiction editor, Playboy was second only to The New Yorker in prestige as a place for serious writers to display their talents." During this period he also taught fiction at the MFA program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Circle Campus. In 1967 he co-initiated the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses together with Reed Whittemore (The Carleton Miscellany, The New Republic); Jules Chametzky (The Massachusetts Review); George Plimpton (The Paris Review); and William Phillips (The Partisan Review).
In 1978 he became a Senior Editor at Houghton Mifflin, where he was responsible for publishing The Mosquito Coast, The Marrakesh One-Two, Shoeless Joe, and several works of nonfiction such as Breaking the Ring: The Bizarre Case of the Walker Family Spy Ring, Techno-Bandits, Getting to Yes, The Puzzle Palace, The Bunker, The Dungeon Master, and The Nine Nations of North America. He later taught at the Harvard Extension School and during 1990 co-initiated and co-directed the Ploughshares International Writing Seminars, a summer program of the Emerson College European Center at Kasteel Well in the Netherlands.
Robie Macauley died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Boston on November 20, 1995.
During his life Robie Macauley published two novels, The Disguises of Love (1951), the story of a university professor's love affair with a student and how it affects his wife and son, and A Secret History of Time to Come (1979), an adventure thriller set in a devastated post-apocalypse America 200 years in the future.
His last two novels, Citadel of Ice: Life and Death in a Glacier Fortress during World War I, (2014), and The Escape of Alfred Dreyfus, (2016) were published posthumously.
His short fiction appeared in Furioso, the North American Review,The Kenyon Review,The Sewanee Review,The Southern Review,Shenandoah,Esquire,Fiction,Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine,Cosmopolitan, the Virginia Quarterly Review and Playboy, for which he was awarded the Furioso Prize (1949), The O. Henry Award (1951, 1956 and 1967), and the John Train Humor Prize (1990).
In spite of his expertise and experience, Macauley's own fiction received only moderate recognition. "Robie Macauley's prose, like the best poetry, has a startling economy of means and precision of language", declared Melvin J. Friedman in Contemporary Novelists. "The author's work", continued Friedman, "is the enviable product of years spent in close and sympathetic relationship with the best novels from Jane Austen through James Joyce." David H. Lynn, editor of The Kenyon Review, described Macauley's fiction as "subtle, stinging, disturbing, witty." Eugene Goodheart, commenting on The End of Pity and Other Stories, said "Macauley has all the gifts of a master short story writer: narrative power, a quick and vivid imagination of character...a capacity for delivering the scene that at once surprises and satisfies the reader's expectation, i.e., a fine sense for the significant scene or action, a felicity of phrase that is not merely decoration, but becomes perception."
Since 2001 StoryQuarterly has awarded the annual Robie Macauley Award for Fiction.
He co-authored (with George Lanning) a textbook on writing, Technique in Fiction (1964, revised in 1989), and co-authored (with William Betcher) a book on marriage counseling, The Seven Basic Quarrels of Marriage (1990). He edited America and Its Discontents together with Larzer Ziff. Between 1942 and 1990 he contributed dozens of book reviews to The New York Times Book Review,The Kenyon Review,Furioso,Vogue,The New York Herald Tribune,The Partisan Review,The Boston Globe,The New York Review of Books,Encounter,The New Republic,The Chicago Sun-Times,Dialogue, the Boston Review, and other publications. He also wrote a series of contemplative essays on writing, writers and literature which were published in Shenandoah,The Irish University Review,Transition,The Texas Quarterly,Ploughshares, and The Paris Review.
- ^"Leslie W. Boyer, James F. Guinane, Charles C. Macauley: Our Final Salutes", by Guy Miller, The Fossil, Volume 104, Number 1, Whole Number 334, Glenview, Illinois, October 2007
- ^Walter Duranty, I Write As I Please, Read Books, 2007 ISBN 978-1-4067-2181-2, p. 331.
- ^"Scoops Big Publishers On Book of Poetry", The Washington Post, Feb. 6, 1938, p. PY1.
- ^Howard Junker, "Editor's Note: The Last Word: West Coast Writers and Artists", ZYZZYVA Spring 1999
- ^Ian Hamilton, Robert Lowell: A Biography, Faber Faber Inc; First UK edition, May 1983. ISBN 978-0-571-13045-0
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- ^Susan Hobson, "New Creative Writers: 17 Novelists Whose First Work Appears This Season", Library Journal, October 1, 1952, p. 1642.
- ^Kennedy, Thomas E., "A Last Conversation with Robie Macauley", Agnii, Vol. 45, 1997
- ^Macauley R. "Who Should Mourn?" The New York Times, Letters to the Editor, Aug. 8, 1976.
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- ^Macauley, Robie (7 July 2017). "The Thin Voice". The Kenyon Review. 13 (1): 50–63 – via JSTOR.
- ^Macauley R. "The Thin Voice." The Kenyon Review, 1951;13(1):50-63.
- ^Macauley R. "The End of Pity." New World Writing, 1952.
- ^Macauley R. "The Mind Is Its Own Place", The Partisan Review, September, 1953.
- ^"Finding Aid for the Robie MaCauley Papers at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro".
- ^Geoffrey Lindsay, "Anthony Hecht in Occupied Japan."Sewanee Review, 2011, 119 (4). pp 641-655
- ^"26 Germans in Spy Ring Seized", New York Times, Oct 30, 1945, p. 2.
- ^In 1995 Macauley described Dürckheim inaccurately as "an authentic war criminal". Macauley, Robie, "Letters from the Front: Fiction struggles with a war's meaning", in the Boston Sunday Globe, 6 Aug 1995: Boston. p. B33-B36.
- ^Robert Whymant, Stalin's spy: Richard Sorge and the Tokyo Espionage Ring, I.B. Tauris, 1996ISBN 978-1-86064-044-5, p. 283.
- ^"Nazi Leaders in Japan in CIC Custody: 13 Hitler Operatives Nabbed Without Warning in War Criminal Roundup." Nippon Times, October 31, 1945, p. 11.
- ^"Nazi Agents in Japan Rounded Up", The Argus (Melbourne), Thursday 1 November 1945, page 2
- ^"Swiss Neutral Claims Nazis are Still on the Loose in Japan", Spartanburg Herald-Journal, May 12, 1946, p. A5
- ^Hobson, 1952, p. 1642.
- ^Cash, Jean. "Flannery O'Connor: Art Demands Celibacy"(PDF).
- ^Gooch, Brad, Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor, 2009.
- ^Cash, Jean, Flannery O'Connor: A Life, Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2002. ISBN 1-57233-192-5, p. 25-6.
- ^Ellis H, Meyer J. Masculinity and the Other: Historical Perspectives. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2009, p. 145.
- ^Saunders, Frances Stonor, The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters, The New Press, April, 2001, p. 240. Published in the UK as Who Paid the Piper? The CIA and the Cultural Cold War.
- ^"The Michael Josselson Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center".
- ^"CIA as Culture Vultures," Jacket, July 12, 2000.
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- ^"Education: Ransom Harvest", Time, Monday, May. 12, 1958
- ^"A John Crowe Ransom Chronology". www.english.illinois.edu.
- ^"New Editor at Kenyon Review", New York Times, Mar 25, 1958, p. 14.
- ^Charlotte H. Beck, The fugitive legacy: a critical history, LSU Press, 2001 ISBN 0-8071-2590-3, p. 29.
- ^"Kenyon Review, The – Southern Review, Kenyon Review". www.jrank.org.
- ^"End of the Kenyon?" Time, Mar 9, 1970.
- ^"Robie Macauley" (obituary), Toledo Blade, Nov 22, 1995, p. 12
- ^Berman RS. "Macauley's 'Kenyon Review' the View from the Sixties." The Sewanee Review 1979;87(3):500-507.
- ^Perkins, James Ashbrook (7 July 2017). "Snakes, Butterbeans, and the Discovery of Electricity". Mercer University Press – via Google Books.
- ^"5 Juries Selected to Pick '64 National Book Awards", New York Times, Dec 2, 1963, p. 43.
- ^"1964 Fellows".
- ^"AGNI Fiction". www.webdelsol.com.
- ^Lynn, D.H., "Editor's Notes", The Kenyon Review, New Series, Vol. 18, No. 3/4 (Summer–Autumn, 1996), p. 1.
- ^"History of The Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines (CCLM)".
- ^Pauline Uchmanowicz, "A Brief History of CCLM/CLMP", The Massachusetts Review, Vol. 44, No. 1/2, Spring – Summer, 2003, pp. 70-87.
- ^"Writer, Playboy Editor Robie Macauley (obituary)", The Boston Globe, November 22, 1995
- ^"Novelist and Editor Robie Macauley Dies", Star News, Nov 22, 1995, p. 4B
- ^"Robie Macauley", [obituary] The San Francisco Chronicle, November 25, 1995, p. D4.
- ^Pace, Eric, "Robie Macauley, 76, Editor, Educator And Fiction Writer" (Obituary), The New York Times, Nov 23, 1995
- ^"Citadel of Ice". Citadel of Ice.
- ^Macauley, Robie; Macauley, Cameron (December 5, 2016). The Escape of Alfred Dreyfus: A Novel. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
- ^Macauley R. "A Nest of Gentlefolk", Furioso, 1949:5-19.
- ^Macauley R. "Sauté Seven Larks Quickly."The North American Review, 1993;278(4):35-40
- ^Macauley R. "The Chevigny Man." The Kenyon Review, 1955;17(1):75-93.
- ^Macauley R. "The Wishbone." The Sewanee Review, 1950;58(3):456-481.
- ^Macauley R. "This is the Story I Told Him."The Southern Review, 1993;29(3):514-534
- ^Macauley R. "Dressed in Shade." Shenandoah, 1965.
- ^Macauley R. "The Academic Style." Esquire, 1957.
- ^Macauley R. "Lost." Fiction Magazine, 1993;11(2):43-56.
- ^Macauley R. "The Barrington Quality." Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, 1970:28-37.
- ^Macauley R. "For Want of a Nail." Cosmopolitan, October 1969, p. 152.
- ^Macauley R. "Folie à Deux."Virginia Quarterly Review, Winter 1993:42-59
- ^Macauley R. "That Day." Playboy, November 1967, p. 113.
- ^"Penguin Random House". PenguinRandomhouse.com.
- ^"Paris Review – Writers, Quotes, Biography, Interviews, Artists". The Paris Review.
- ^Blackford, Staige D., The Green Room, Winter 1993.
- ^Contemporary Novelists, 6th edition, St. James (Detroit), 1996, pp. 633-34.
- ^Lynn, 1996, p. 1.
- ^Eugene Goodheart, "The Limits of Irony: The End of Pity and Other Stories by Robie Macauley", Critique, 5:2, Fall 1962, p. 77.
- ^Macauley, R., and Ziff, L., America and Its Discontents, Xerox College Publishing (Waltham, Massachusetts), 1971.
- ^Macauley R. "100-Proof Old Ernest, Most of it Anyway", New York Times Book Review, October 4, 1970
- ^Among others, see "Big Novel: The Velvet Horn by Andrew Lytle." The Kenyon Review, 19(4):644-646.
- ^Macauley R. Reviews: Mixed Company by Irwin Shaw, The Watchful Gods and Other Stories by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, and Cast a Cold Eye by Mary McCarthy. Furioso Winter 1951, 6:67-72.
- ^Macauley R. "The Man Who Talked Too Well: Reminiscences of Ford Madox Ford." Vogue, 1950.
- ^Macauley R. "A World More Attractive: A View Of Modern Literature And Politics" by Irving Howe. The New York Herald-Tribune, Dec 8, 1963.
- ^Macauley R. "The Superfluous Man", The Partisan Review, 1952;XIX(2):169-182.
- ^Macauley R. "Pound and Ford: Strange Literary Bedfellows: Pound / Ford, the Story of a Literary Friendship, by Brita Lindberg-Seyersted." The Boston Sunday Globe, March 6, 1983;B32.
- ^Macauley R. "Witty Novel on Foibles of Men and Nations: The Triumph by John Kenneth Galbraith." The New York Review of Books, New York, 1967.
- ^Macauley R. "A Moveable Myth", Encounter, 1964;XXIII(3):56-57.
- ^Macauley R. "The Meaning of Leskov: Selected Tales by Nikolai Leskov, translated by David Magarshack." The New Republic, 1961:18-20.
- ^Macauley R. "Grand Gossip from Mailer's Pals: Mailer: His Life and Times by Peter Manso." Book Week, Chicago Sun-Times 1985.
- ^Macauley R. "White, Black and Everything Else." Dialogue, 1979;12(3):101-102.
- ^Macauley, R. "The Chymical Wedding by Lindsay Clarke", Boston Review, 1990;15(3).
- ^Macauley R. "The Dean in Exile: Notes on Ford Madox Ford as Teacher." Shenandoah, 1953:43-48.
- ^Macauley R. "Seán Ó Faoláin, Ireland's Youngest Writer." The Irish University Review, 1976;6:110-117.
- ^Macauley R. "The 'Little Magazines'." Transition, 1963(9):24-25.
- ^Macauley R. "A Local Habitation and a Name." The Texas Quarterly, 1964;VII(2):29-40.
- ^Macauley R. "On the Company We Keep." Ploughshares, 1989;15(2/3):203-213.
- ^Macauley R. "Silence, Exile and Cunning." The Paris Review, Spring 1990 (No. 114):200-217.