Mary Mccarthy


Popular Mary Mccarthy Books

The Group (Harvest Book)
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays
How I Grew
Memories of a Catholic Girlhood
Cannibals and Missionaries
A Charmed Life
The Beacon Book of Essays by Contemporary American Women
The Stones of Florence

Mary McCarthy
The Venetians catalogue everything, including themselves. ‘These grapes are brown,’ I complain to the young vegetable-dealer in Santa Maria Formosa. ‘What is wrong with that ? I am brown,’ he replies. ‘I am the housemaid of the painter Vedova,’ says a maid, answering the telephone. ‘I am a Jew,’ begins a cross-eyed stranger who is next in line in a bookshop. ‘Would you care to see the synagogue?’ Almost any Venetian, even a child, will abandon whatever he is doing in order to show you something. ...more
Mary McCarthy

Among the people, it was believed, as late as the present century, that spirits were imprisoned in statues. The statue of Neptune by Ammanati in the fountain of the Piazza della Signoria is called 'Il Biancone' or 'The Great White Man' by the poor people, who used to say that he was the mighty river god of the Arno tuned into statue because, like Michelangelo, he spurned the love of women. When the full moon shines on him, so the story goes, he comes to life and walks about the Piazza conversing ...more
Mary MacCarthy

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