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Mary Therese McCarthy (June 21, 1912 – October 25, 1989) was an American novelist, critic and political activist, best known for her novel The Group, her marriage to critic Edmund Wilson, and her storied feud with playwright Lillian Hellman. Literary career Her debut novel, The Company She Keeps, received critical acclaim as a succès de scandale, depicting the social milieu of New York intellectuals of the late 1930s with unreserved frankness. It includes her celebrated short story “The Man in the Brooks Brothers Shirt” which Partisan Review published in 1941. It recounts the sexual encounter of a young bohemian intellectual woman and a middle-aged businessman encountered in the club car of a train. Although she finds him fat and grey, she’s intrigued by his elegant Brooks Brothers shirts and his knowledge of literary figures. The story shockingly depicts not only the act of a woman choosing to sleep with a stranger but, more importantly, what that act shows of her needs and desires and the complexity of who she is.After building a reputation as a satirist and critic, McCarthy enjoyed popular success when the 1963 edition of her novel The Group remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for almost two years. Her work is noted for its precise prose and its complex mixture of autobiography and fiction. Randall Jarrell's 1954 novel Pictures from an Institution is said to be about McCarthy's year teaching at Sarah Lawrence. Her feud with fellow writer Lillian Hellman formed the basis for the play Imaginary Friends by Nora Ephron. The feud had simmered since the late 1930s over ideological differences, particularly the questions of the Moscow Trials and of Hellman's support for the "Popular Front" with Stalin. McCarthy provoked Hellman in 1979 when she famously said on The Dick Cavett Show: "every word [Hellman] writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'." Hellman responded by filing a $2.5 million libel suit against McCarthy, which ended shortly after Hellman died in 1984. Observers of the trial noted the irony of Hellman's defamation suit was that it brought significant scrutiny. It resulted in a decline of Hellman's reputation, as McCarthy and her supporters worked to prove that Hellman had lied.Although McCarthy broke ranks with some of her Partisan Review colleagues when they swerved toward conservative politics after World War II, she carried on lifelong friendships with Dwight Macdonald, Nicola Chiaromonte, Philip Rahv, F. W. Dupee and Elizabeth Hardwick. Perhaps most prized of all was her close friendship with Hannah Arendt, with whom she maintained a sizable correspondence widely regarded for its intellectual rigor. After Arendt's passing, McCarthy became Arendt's literary executor, serving from 1976 until her own death in 1989. McCarthy taught at Bard College from 1946 to 1947, and again between 1986 and 1989. She also taught a winter semester in 1948 at Sarah Lawrence College. Beliefs as an adult McCarthy left the Catholic Church as a young woman, becoming an atheist. In her contrarian fashion, McCarthy treasured her religious education for the classical foundation it provided her intellect while at the same time she depicted her loss of faith and her contests with religious authority as essential to her character. In New York, she moved in "fellow-traveling" Communist circles early in the 1930s, but by the latter half of the decade she repudiated Soviet-style Communism, expressing solidarity with Leon Trotsky after the Moscow Trials, and vigorously countering playwrights and authors she considered to be sympathetic to Stalinism.: 113–130 As part of the Partisan Review circle and as a contributor to The Nation, The New Republic, Harper's Magazine, and The New York Review of Books, she garnered attention as a cutting critic, advocating the necessity for creative autonomy that transcends doctrine. During the 1940s and 1950s she became a liberal critic of both McCarthyism and Communism. She maintained her commitment to liberal critiques of culture and power to the end of her life, opposing the Vietnam War in the 1960s and covering the Watergate scandal hearings in the 1970s. Opposition to Vietnam War In 1967 and 1968, McCarthy travelled to North and South Vietnam, to report on the war from an anti-war perspective. She documented her observations in two books, Vietnam, and Hanoi.Interviewed after her first trip, she declared on British television that there was not a single documented case of the Viet Cong deliberately killing a South Vietnamese woman or child. She wrote favorably about the Viet Cong.McCarthy visited North Vietnam in March 1968, only a month after the Tet Offensive created havoc in South Vietnam. In her book, Hanoi, McCarthy provides a rare English-language description of life in North Vietnam during the war. McCarthy describes an orderly society, in which everyone pitched in to help with the war effort. North Vietnam received advance warning of most bombing attacks and McCarthy regularly had to take cover from American bombs.McCarthy's visits to Vietnam were controversial. During her visit to North Vietnam, McCarthy met briefly with U.S. Air Force officer James Risner, who was being held as a prisoner of war by North Vietnam. Years later, after his release, Risner attacked McCarthy for her not having recognized that he had been tortured by the North Vietnamese while in custody. Awards McCarthy was the winner of the Horizon Prize in 1949, and was awarded two Guggenheim fellowships in 1949 and 1959. She was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Academy in Rome. In 1973, she delivered the Huizinga Lecture in Leiden, the Netherlands, under the title Can There Be a Gothic Literature? The same year she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She won the National Medal for Literature and the Edward MacDowell Medal in 1984.McCarthy held honorary degrees from Bard, Bowdoin, Colby, Smith College, Syracuse University, the University of Maine at Orono, the University of Aberdeen, and the University of Hull. Personal life Born in Seattle, Washington, to Roy Winfield McCarthy and his wife, the former Martha Therese Preston, McCarthy at age six and her three brothers were orphaned when both their parents died in the flu epidemic of 1918. She and her brothers, Kevin, Preston and Sheridan, were raised in very unhappy circumstances by her Catholic father's parents in Minneapolis, Minnesota, under the direct care of an uncle and aunt whom she remembered for harsh treatment and abuse.When the situation became intolerable, McCarthy was taken in by her maternal grandparents in Seattle. Her maternal grandmother, Augusta Morganstern, was Jewish, and her maternal grandfather, Harold Preston, a prominent attorney and co-founder of the law firm Preston Gates & Ellis, was Presbyterian. (Her brothers were sent to boarding school.) McCarthy credited her grandfather, who helped d.... Discover the Mary Mccarthy popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Mary Mccarthy books.

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The Collected Novels Volume One

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Three brilliant novels from a #1 New York Times–bestselling author.   Navigating friendship, sex, careers, and the challenges of adulthood, the characters of...

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The Oasis

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A vicious and brilliant satire of human vanity from the author of the classic bestseller The GroupLong out of print, Mary McCarthy's second novel is a bitingly funn...

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Mary McCarthy's Collected Memoirs

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Three candid, affecting memoirs by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Group, including a National Book Award finalist. In Memories of a Cath...

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Gruppen

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1963 ansågs den chockerande frispråkig och såldes i miljonupplagor. Idag räknas Mary McCarthys klassiker Gruppen, om åtta nyexaminerade studiekamrater som möter ett hårdare liv i 1930...

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Birds of America

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An “endlessly fascinating novel” of an American student finding his way in 1960s Paris from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Group (San Francisco Chr...

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Occasional Prose

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Reading and romance, gardening tips, a farewell to a friend, even an opera retold make up this stellar collection from the bestselling author of The Group and Mem...

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The Company She Keeps

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The celebrated author of The Group offers a “clever, witty, polished” portrait of the 1940s NYC literary bohemia she knew so well in this debut novel (The New York...

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The Collected Essays Volume Two

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Candid, sharp, and entertaining essays from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Memories of a Catholic Girlhood and a “delightfully polished writer” (The At...

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Mary McCarthy's Italy

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Captivating portraits of two of the world’s most beguiling cities from the New York Times–bestselling author of The Group. Mary McCarthy blends art, poli...

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A Charmed Life

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A writer’s life is upended by her destructive ex-husband in this intensely personal novel by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Group. Forme...

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Die Clique

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Eine Zeitreise ins Manhattan der schillernden 30er Jahre: Die Clique – acht bestens ausgebildete junge Frauen, die sich nach Abschluss ihres Studiums am vornehmen Vassar-College hoffnungsf...

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Verzaubertes Leben

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In das neuenglische Küstendorf, wo neben vernünftigen, sturen Alteinwohnern allerlei Künstler und Intellektuelle leben, kehrt Martha mit ihrem neuen, jüngeren Mann zurück, um ein Theate...

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The Life of the Mind

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“A passionate, humane intelligence addressing itself to the fundamental problem of how the mind operates.” —Newsweek Considered by many to be Hannah Arendt’...

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The Collected Essays Volume One

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Spirited and insightful essays from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Memories of a Catholic Girlhood and a “delightfully polished writer” (The Atlantic M...

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Venice Observed

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The #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Group takes readers on a captivating journey to one of the world’s most celebrated cities.   Mary McCarth...

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Memories of a Catholic Girlhood

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Tracing her moral struggles to the day she accidentally took a sip of water before her Communion—a mortal sin—Mary McCarthy gives us eight funny and heartrending essays about the illu...

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Des filles brillantes

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Publié en 1963, ce roman est en quelque sorte le pendant fictionnel de La Femme mystifiée, de Betty Friedan, publié la même année. A travers les histoires de ces jeunes femmes aux prise...

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Mary McCarthy: Novels 1963-1979 (LOA #291)

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A collection of three novels by the author who transformed the scope and style of twentieth-century American literature—including the landmark classic The Group

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How I Grew

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The author of The Group, the groundbreaking bestseller and 1964 National Book Award finalist that shaped a generation of women, brings reminiscences of her girlhood to this in...

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Memorias de una joven católica

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LA INOLVIDABLE AUTOBIOGRAFÍA DE UNA AUTORA IMPRESCINDIBLE«Una de las plumas más ágiles y más divertidamente corrosivas de la literatura anglosajona del siglo xx.»...

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The Collected Novels Volume Two

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Sharply observed literary fiction from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Group and a “delightfully polished writer” (The Atlantic Monthly).

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The Stones of Florence

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A journey through the glorious Italian city’s scenery, history, and culture, from the New York Times–bestselling author of Venice Observed and The Group.

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Vietnam

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Hailed as “the most provocative and disturbing analytical indictment . . . of America’s role in Vietnam” by the New York Times, this is Mary McCarthy’s riveting accoun...

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On the Contrary

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Mary McCarthy, one of our most brilliant and beloved authors, serves up wit, insight, and her unique worldview in this diverse collection of essaysIn provocatively titled pieces...

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El grupo

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Mary McCarthy elabora en El grupo una excepcional sátira social, política e intelectual gracias a su oído de narradora infalible y su mirada clarividente. En esta novela, más q...

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Mary McCarthy's Theatre Chronicles, 1937–1962

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The American theatre comes alive in Mary McCarthy’s provocative anthology of essaysHer literary writings and dramatic criticism have appeared in the New Yorker 

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Mary McCarthy: Novels & Stories 1942-1963 (LOA #290)

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This first volume of the definitive edition of her fiction includes four novels and eight classic stories by the witty and provocative writer who defined a generat...

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The Writing on the Wall

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From Madame Bovary to Macbeth, this collection by Mary McCarthy offers surprising revelations about some of the world’s most beloved worksShakespe...

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Cannibals and Missionaries

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A riveting and unconventional thriller about a motley group of airplane passengers taken hostage by militant hijackersEn route to Iran, a plane is captured by Middle Eastern ter...

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Cast a Cold Eye

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Seven “remarkable” stories from the bestselling author of The Group (The New York Times). 
 Two American tourists find themselves seriously befuddled b...

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Il gruppo

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Torna, in una nuova edizione, il capolavoro di Mary McCarthy: un ritratto di gruppo al femminile caustico e feroce, la storia di otto ragazze dell’alta borghesia americana, dagli anni del ...

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Ricordi di un'educazione cattolica

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Questa è la storia di una bambina che perde entrambi i genitori a sei anni e viene affidata alle «cure» di nonni e prozii troppo bigotti per distinguere il confine tra la pedagogia e il s...

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Entre amigas

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Cuando se cumplen cien años del nacimiento de Hannah Arendt, reeditamos un documento fundamental para entender no solo la obra y la vida de la gran pensadora alemana sino también la b...

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A Pilgrimage of Hope

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The news felt like a punch in the gut. I cried in disbelief as the doctor told me what they found. In the blink of an eye, my world turned upside down. My husband brought me to the Emergency...

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Intellectual Memoirs

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In this no-holds-barred memoir with a foreword by Elizabeth Hardwick, the bestselling author of The Group recalls her early life in New York, revealing the genesis of and...

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Ideas and the Novel

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In this eye-opening book, Mary McCarthy shares her love of the novel and her fear that it is becoming an endangered literary species“He had a mind so fine that no idea coul...

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El oasis

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A finales de los años cuarenta, un grupo de entusiastas neoyorquinos, intelectuales urbanitas, se aventuran en las montañas de Nueva Inglaterra para crear una comuna a la que deciden bauti...

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The Group

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This smash bestseller about privileged Vassar classmates shocked America in the sixties and remains “juicy . . . witty . . . brilliant” (Cosmopolitan).

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Gli uomini della sua Vita

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Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) è stata una delle intellettuali americane più originali e influenti del Novecento. Il suo romanzo più noto, Il gruppo (Einaudi), la storia di otto amiche uscite ...

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Gruppen

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GRUPPEN handler om otte unge kvinders liv i 1930’ernes USA. Efter studietiden på Vassar College mødes “gruppen” i New York i anledning af en af kvindernes bryllup, og syv år senere ...

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The Groves of Academe

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A college instructor embarks on a fanatical quest to save his job—and enact righteous revenge—in this brilliantly acerbic satire of university politics during the early Cold War years...

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