Mary McCarthy


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

Died
October 25, 1989

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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

3.66 avg rating — 13,889 ratings — published 1963 — 79 editions
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Memories of a Catholic Girl...

3.70 avg rating — 1,271 ratings — published 1946 — 38 editions
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The Company She Keeps

3.73 avg rating — 736 ratings — published 1942 — 29 editions
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A Bolt from the Blue and Ot...

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3.77 avg rating — 509 ratings — published 2001 — 2 editions
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The Stones of Florence

3.68 avg rating — 584 ratings — published 1956 — 23 editions
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The Groves of Academe

3.28 avg rating — 325 ratings — published 1952 — 17 editions
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Birds of America

3.48 avg rating — 290 ratings — published 1965 — 24 editions
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A Charmed Life

3.53 avg rating — 197 ratings — published 1955 — 19 editions
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Venice Observed

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3.51 avg rating — 160 ratings — published 1956 — 15 editions
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How I Grew

3.57 avg rating — 129 ratings — published 1987 — 21 editions
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