Mary McCarthy

McCarthy, Mary Therese

Mary Therese McCarthy, 1912–89, American writer, b. Seattle, grad. Vassar, 1933. As drama critic for the Partisan Review (1937–45), she gained a reputation for wit, intellect, and acerbity. Her novel The Oasis (1949) satirizes left-wing intellectuals, whereas The Group (1963) satirizes an entire generation. Her other novels include Cast a Cold Eye (1950), The Groves of Academe (1952), Birds of America (1971), and Cannibals and Missionaries (1979). Among her volumes of nonfiction are Venice Observed (1956), The Stones of Florence (1959), Vietnam (1967), The Mask of State: Watergate Portraits (1974), Ideas and the Novel (1980), and How I Grew (1987). A comprehensive collection of her literary, cultural, and political writings was posthumously published as A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays (2002). She was married several times, from 1938–46 to the critic Edmund Wilson.

See her memoirs, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood (1957) and How I Grew (1985); her correspondence with Hannah Arendt (1995); biographies by C. Gelderman (1988) and F. Kiernan (2000); study by I. Stock (1968); Writing Dangerously: Mary McCarthy and Her World (1992) by C. Brightman.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Cast a Cold Eye
Mary McCarthy.
Harcourt Brace and Company, 1950
Theatre Chronicles, 1937-1962
Mary McCarthy.
Noonday Press, 1963
Sights and Spectacles, 1937-1956
Mary McCarthy.
Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1956
The Stones of Florence
Mary McCarthy; Evelyn Hofer.
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1959
The Roosevelt Era
Milton Crane.
Boni and Gaer, 1947
Librarian’s tip: "Portrait of the Intellectual as a Yale Man" by Mary McCarthy begins on p. 253, excerpted from "The Company She Keeps"
Encounters: An Anthology from the First Ten Years of Encounter Magazine
Stephen Spender; Melvin Lasky J.; Irving Kristol.
Basic Books, 1963
Librarian’s tip: "My Confession" by Mary McCarthy begins on p. 34
Contemporary American Novelists
Harry T. Moore.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1964
Librarian’s tip: "The Dissections of Mary McCarthy" begins on p. 54
Telling Lies in Modern American Autobiography
Timothy Dow Adams.
University of North Carolina Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Mary McCarthy: I Do Believe Her Though I Know She Lies"
"All My Habits of Mind": Performance and Identity in the Novels of Mary McCarthy
Marsh, Kelly A.
Studies in the Novel, Vol. 34, No. 3, Fall 2002
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William S. Burroughs at the Front: Critical Reception, 1959-1989
Robin Lydenberg; Jennie Skerl.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Burroughs' Naked Lunch" by Mary McCarthy
American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, vol.2, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Mary McCarthy 1912-1989 " begins on p. 55
Encyclopedia of the Essay
Tracy Chevalier.
Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "McCarthy, Mary American, 1912-1989" begins on p. 507
Women Memoirists
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, vol.2, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Mary McCarthy" begins on p. 52
The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story
Blanche H. Gelfant; Lawrence Graver.
Columbia University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Mary McCarthy (1912¿1989)" begins on p. 361
Catholic Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook
Mary R. Reichardt.
Greenwood Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "Mary McCarthy (1912¿1989)" begins on p. 235
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