Twenty-Four Ways of Looking at Mary McCarthy: The Writer and Her Work


This collection of essays by a diverse group of young academics, established critics, and well-known writers strikes an intriguing balance between scholarship and reminiscence. The only full-length book on Mary McCarthy that is not a biography, this volume contains discussions of McCarthy as a member of the New York intelligentsia, her search for a just and ethical political philosophy, and the paradox of her views on feminism. The contributors include McCarthy biographers Carol Brightman, Carol Gelderman, and Fran Kiernan; novelists Thomas Flanagan, Maureen Howard, and Thomas Mallon; Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Frances Fitzgerald; and critics Morris Dickstein and Katie Roiphe. The book concludes with a moving reminiscence by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Thomas Flanagan
  • Terry A. Cooney
  • Morris Dickstein
  • Beverly Gross
  • Margaret Scanlan
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1996


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