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Bursting with the vitality both of McCarthy's personality and of her times, this work reveals the autobiographical impulse behind much of her most popular work. It reveals the checkered beginnings of her literary career, including a biting series in the Nation excoriating her fellow critics.
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Published May 1st 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
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Megankellie
Feb 24, 2010 Megankellie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone doing a pretentious comedy theatre piece
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I know nothing about the author and randomly got this because it sounded so pretentious I couldn't pass it up. For that I recommend it! She was in with the tippy top of "intellectuals," who come off as racist, homophobic, self-righteous and classist. Everyone was quibbling about what kind of communist they were and how the Trotskyites had all the hotties. She keeps saying "oh I described this in detail in one of my books, which I'll now quote" and talks about all the guys she "made love" with, i ...more
Bryant
Mary McCarthy "drunkenly made love" with Edmund Wilson, wrote him some letters, and married him, reader. The day after their wedding, Wilson accuses McCarthy's brothers of being spies for Stalin's secret police. One day into their vows, McCarthy solemnly declares to herself that the "marriage was over."

Such a story exemplifies what this book is largely about--the manner in which actual or perceived communist sympathies colored social life for McCarthy's 1936-38 NYC social circle. This is an imp
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Roxann Souci
This book offers an insiders view as to the literary scene of rhe prominent writers of their time. Mary was a major literary player In a period of history when there was not respect for women's writings. She lived her life on her own terms, changed the form of literature, shocked the public by her openness about her many liaisons, and the definitely had qualities that were not always admirable. Love her or hate her, she was a major player of her time
Jessica
A swift but informative read; a continuation of McCarthy's How I Grew (parts 2 and 3 of her series of memoirs). She is a confounding character (um, WHY Edmund Wilson?!) and describing her as "promiscuous" is almost an understatement (once, she slept with three different men in 24 hours). Touching, at times; too bad she died before writing about the rest of her life.
Linda
I'm not actually familiar with most of these people so a great deal was lost on me
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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 Repub ...more
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