Mary McCarthy





Mary McCarthy

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born
in Seattle, Washington, The United States
June 21, 1912

died
October 25, 1989

gender
female

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Mary McCarthy (1912–1989) was an American literary critic and author of more than two dozen books including the 1963 New York Times bestseller The Group. Born in Seattle, McCarthy studied at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and graduated in 1933. After moving to New York City, McCarthy became known for her incisive writing as a contributor to publications such as the Nation, the New Republic, and the New York Review of Books. Her debut novel, The Company She Keeps (1942), initiated her ascent to become one of the most celebrated writers of her generation, a reputation bolstered by the publication of her autobiography Memories of a Catholic Girlhood in 1957, as well as that of her now-classic novel The Group.

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The Group
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 4,700 ratings — published 1954 — 45 editions
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Memories of a Catholic Girl...
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 578 ratings — published 1946 — 25 editions
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The Company She Keeps
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 343 ratings — published 1942 — 19 editions
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The Stones of Florence
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 244 ratings — published 1956 — 13 editions
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The Groves of Academe
3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 141 ratings — published 1952 — 14 editions
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Birds of America
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 117 ratings — published 1965 — 14 editions
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A Bolt from the Blue and Ot...
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A Charmed Life
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 1955 — 15 editions
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How I Grew
3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 75 ratings — published 1987 — 16 editions
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Venice Observed
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3.28 of 5 stars 3.28 avg rating — 68 ratings — published 1963 — 9 editions
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“We are the hero of our own story.”
Mary McCarthy

“What's the use of falling in love if you both remain inertly as you were?”
Mary McCarthy, Between Friends: The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy, 1949-1975
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“Life is a system of recurrent pairs, the poison and the antidote being eternally packaged together by some considerate heavenly druggist.”
Mary McCarthy

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