"They first met in New York: Mary McCarthy, an American writer, and Hannah Arendt, a philosopher who had fled Nazi Germany. They soon became friends and began a remarkable twenty-five-year exchange. McCarthy was an ardent, if not irrepressible, correspondent, whose letters served her autobiographical impulse and her delight in writing as a way of ordering experience. Arendt's letters bring her gruff, tender voice and keen intelligence to life on the page. Even as they traded ideas about politics, literature, morality, they also shared personal advice and delightful gossip." "Between Friends, edited and with an introduction by Carol Brightman, brings together their remarkable epistolary dialogue in its entirety. Engrossing and entertaining, it gives us a fresh and intimate view of the long and unique friendship between two eminent intellectual presences of the twentieth century." --BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
The electrifying portrait of an idealistic young man who is an unwilling witness to the changes in society and its values. Here is a book that captures the very essence of the 1960s and is at the same time as fresh today as when it was first published in 1965.
A suspenseful and sometimes horrifying novel of manners, whose plot and odd mix of characters combine to produce an unorthodox thriller about the hijacking of a Middle East-bound jetliner over France in early 1975.
A riveting and unconventional thriller about a motley group of airplane passengers taken hostage by militant hijackersEn route to Iran, a plane is captured by Middle Eastern terrorists intent on holding hostage the committee of politicians, religious leaders, and activists on a mission to investigate alleged human rights violations by the shah. But the kidnappers soon discover that there is a greater treasure onboard. Among the passengers are prominent art collectors with access to some of the world's most valuable paintings--priceless works that could fund global terrorist activities for decades.After the captured plane sets down in a remote Dutch farming collective by the sea, events go rapidly and frighteningly awry. As negotiations with government agencies stall, concerns over rare artwork threaten to trump the regard for human life, and both captors and captives will face bitter truths about their conflicting values, manners, and ideologies as the ticking clock races inexorably toward an explosive endgame.Mary McCarthy's masterful Cannibals and Missionaries is a remarkable novel of events and ideas that sheds light on the tragic foibles of human nature while exploring the terrorist psychology with supreme intelligence and insight.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author's estate.
The 7 stories are: The Weeds; The Friend of the Family; The Cicerone; The Old Men; Yonder Peasant, Who Is He?; The Blackguard; and C.Y.E.
Seven extraordinary stories from bestselling author Mary McCarthy that carry readers from the heartbreaking core of a broken family to the tourist sites of Italy and into the contemplative mind of a potential murderess Best known for her acclaimed and provocative novels, including The Group and Cannibals and Missionaries, author Mary McCarthy also won praise for her brilliant short fiction. Cast a Cold Eye offers readers seven unforgettable tales from the pen of a true American literary master. A deft satirist with an unflinching eye, McCarthy dissects social mores and challenges cultural taboos, whether she's exploring the tragic disappearance of love or discovering the staggering price of a friendship.These stories run the gamut from pure invention to striking autobiographical pieces, powerful remembrances from the author's past. A hospitalized graduate student turns the sounds of pain and despair into music. A family is tragically taken apart and reformed by a deadly outbreak of influenza. Two American tourists find themselves seriously befuddled by their unorthodox Italian guide.With Cast a Cold Eye, Mary McCarthy confirms her standing as a storyteller of power and imagination, shattering social pretense, mining the rich territory of memory, and grandly displaying the insight and rapier wit for which she is known.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author's estate.
The life of a writer is flipped upside down when she reconnects with her roots--and her remarried ex-husband--in this witty autobiographical novel by bestselling author Mary McCarthyFormer actress and budding playwright Martha Sinnott longs to return to the New Leeds artists' colony and the "charmed life" she abandoned when she divorced her first husband. Now remarried, she has come back to the New England artistic "utopia" with her current spouse to find that little has changed. The same people still make up this tightly knit society, and her former husband has taken up new residence, with his new wife, dangerously close by. But her eagerly anticipated homecoming includes many rude awakenings in the company of the unhappy and often resentful artistic also-rans and never-weres she once counted among her closest friends. And in this pervasive atmosphere of falsehoods and self-delusions, the biggest lie of all is Martha's belief that she can reconnect with Miles, her ex, without it wreaking terrible havoc on her life and her future.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author's estate.
Detailed collage illustrations accompanied by simple text present expanding views of familiar objects in nature, such as a bug and a flower.
The six episodes create a fascinating portrait of a New York social circle of the 1930s. McCarthy's bold insight and virtuoso style won her immediate recognition as one of the most accomplished, versatile, and penetrating writers in America.
A novel in six episodes, this stunning debut by Mary McCarthy follows a young intellectual on her reckless bohemian journey through life and dangerous love in 1930s New York CityMargaret Sargent is young and fearless, a deep thinker inspired by the bohemian energy that abounds in New York City in the years leading up to the Second World War. With careless abandon, she destroys her marriage and numerous love affairs as she moves through the social circles of artists and writers, playing at the fringes of political extremism. She is an enigma, often wanton and frivolous, but possessing intelligence and a razor-sharp wit, as well as a troubling core of inner darkness, self-doubt, and puzzling tendencies toward self-destruction. For Margaret, urban life in the 1930s is an ongoing adventure--ever-changing, always surprising, and deeply, profoundly unsatisfying.Mary McCarthy, author of the bestselling American classic The Group, burst boldly onto the literary scene with her provocative debut, The Company She Keeps. A brilliant, stylistically inventive novel, it offers a rich portrait of a truly fascinating protagonist in six revealing episodes. Love her, despise her, or fear for her, you will never forget Margaret Sargent.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author's estate.
Mary McCarthy's bold and brilliant bestselling novel about the lives of eight upper-middle-class friends--an unabashed look at marriage, motherhood, career, and sexuality for women in interwar America At Vassar, they were known as "the group"--eight young women of privilege, the closest of friends, an eclectic mix of vibrant personalities. A week after graduation in 1933, they all gather for the wedding of Kay Strong, one of their own, before going their separate ways in the world. In the years that follow, they will each know accomplishment and loss in equal measure, pursuing careers and marriage, experiencing the joys and traumas of sexual awakening and motherhood, all while suffering through betrayals, infidelities, and sometimes madness. Some of them will drift apart. Some will play important roles in the personal dramas of others. But it is tragedy that will ultimately unite the group once again.A novel that stunned the world when it was first published in 1963, Mary McCarthy's The Group found acclaim, controversy, and a place atop the New York Times bestseller list for nearly two years for its frank and controversial exploration of women's issues, social concerns, and sexuality. A blistering satire of the mores of an emergent generation of women, The Group is McCarthy's enduring masterpiece, still as relevant, powerful, and wonderfully entertaining fifty years on.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author's estate.
McCarthy's most celebrated novel portrays the experiences of eight young women from Vassar College, Class of '33. As the story opens, they meet in New York City for the wedding of Kay, one of "The Group". The author then describes the lives, loves, and aspirations of these women until they reconvene seven years later in the same city for Kay's funeral.
A college instructor embarks on a fanatical quest to save his job--and enact righteous revenge--in this brilliantly acerbic satire of university politics during the early Cold War yearsHenry Mulcahy's future is in question. An instructor of literature at Jocelyn College, an institute of higher learning renowned for its progressive approach to education, he has just received word that he will not be teaching next semester. He strongly suspects that his dismissal has been engineered by his nemesis, the college president, who Henry believes resents his superior skills as an educator. Or perhaps he is being targeted by the government in this Cold War era, now that Senator Joseph McCarthy's communist witch hunt is in full swing, especially since Henry's dedication to independent thinking is, he believes, renowned. Whatever the case, Henry Mulcahy wants justice--and vengeance--and he will not go quietly without a fight. But the battle might expose too much of Henry's true nature . . .Witty and biting, Mary McCarthy's The Groves of Academe is a deliciously pointed satire of the world of higher education and its petty despots, tiny wars, and internal politics.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author's estate.
This remarkable personal memoir focuses on eight crucial years of McCarthy's life-from ages 13 to 21, from high school in the Seattle area through college at Vassar.
The author of The Group, the groundbreaking bestseller and 1964 National Book Award finalist that shaped a generation of women, brings reminiscences of her girlhood to this intimate and illuminating memoirHow I Grew is Mary McCarthy's intensely personal autobiography of her life from age thirteen to twenty-one.Orphaned at six, McCarthy was raised by her maternal grandparents in Seattle, Washington. Although her official birthdate is in 1912, it wasn't until she turned thirteen that, in McCarthy's own words, she was "born as a mind." With detail driven by an almost astonishing memory recall, McCarthy gives us a masterful account of these formative years. From her wild adolescence--including losing her virginity at fourteen--through her eventual escape to Vassar, the bestselling novelist, essayist, and critic chronicles her relationships with family, friends, lovers, and the teachers who would influence her writing career.Filled with McCarthy's penetrating insights and trenchant wit, this is an unblinkingly honest and fearless self-portrait of a young woman coming of age--and the perfect companion to McCarthy's Memories of a Catholic Girlhood.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author's estate.
In this eye-opening book, Mary McCarthy shares her love of the novel and her fear that it is becoming an endangered literary species"He had a mind so fine that no idea could violate it."So begins Mary McCarthy's fascinating critical analysis of the novel (and its practitioners) from her double-edged perspective as both reader and writer. The bestselling author of The Group takes T. S. Eliot's quote about Henry James, written in 1918, as a jumping-off point to discuss how the novel has evolved--or not--in the last century. In this lively, erudite book, McCarthy throws down the gauntlet: Why did the nineteenth century produce novels of ideas while the twentieth century is so lacking in serious fiction? She winnows out the underachieving (read: overhyped) authors from the geniuses, explores why Jean Valjean personifies man's conscience in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, and shows how Stendhal's The Red and the Black "illustrates the evil effects of reading." She also tackles the role of the omniscient narrator and analogizes novels to air travel.With its exploration of authors from Balzac to D. H. Lawrence, Ideas and the Novel holds inviolate the idea of the novel as a means ultimately of liberating ideas.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author's estate.
In this no-holds-barred memoir with a foreword by Elizabeth Hardwick, the bestselling author of The Group recalls her early life in New York, revealing the genesis of and genius behind her groundbreaking fiction Mary McCarthy is a married twenty-four-year-old Communist and critic when this memoir begins. She's disciplined, dedicated, and sexually experimental: At one point she realizes that in twenty-four hours she "had slept with three different men." But she believes in the institution of marriage. Over the course of three years, she will have had two husbands, the second being the esteemed, much older critic Edmund Wilson. It is Wilson who becomes McCarthy's mentor and muse, urging her to try her hand at fiction.McCarthy's powers of observation are on witty display here, as the seventy-something writer recalls events that took place half a century earlier. Her eye for the revealing detail will be recognized by readers of her novels as she describes marching in May Day parades, attending parties for the Scottsboro Boys, and witnessing firsthand the American left wing's response to the Moscow trials and the Spanish Civil War.Picking up where How I Grew left off and unfinished at the time of her death in 1989, Intellectual Memoirs is a vivid snapshot of a distinctive place and time--New York in the late 1930s--and the forces that shaped Mary McCarthy's life as a woman and a writer.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author's estate.
Mary McCarthy vividly recalls her early years in New York before she began writing novels and stories. At that time, she wrote reviews for the Nation and the New Republic, was active in the American Communist Party, and was married to activist actor/playwright Harold Johnsrud.
The author's final work, presented in a one-volume edition, is a rich, challenging analysis of man's mental activity, considered in terms of thinking, willing, and judging. Edited by Mary McCarthy; Indices.
A special edition bringing together three powerful memoirs by bestselling author Mary McCarthyIn Memories of a Catholic Girlhood, Mary McCarthy begins with her recollections of a happy childhood cut tragically short by the death of her parents during the influenza epidemic of 1918. Tempering memory with invention, McCarthy describes how, orphaned at six, she spent much of her childhood shuttled between two sets of grandparents and three religions--Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish. Early on, McCarthy lets the reader in on her secret: The chapter you just read may not be wholly reliable--facts have been distilled through the hazy lens of time and distance.How I Grew is McCarthy's intensely personal autobiography of her life from age thirteen to twenty-one. With detail driven by an almost astonishing memory recall, the author gives us a masterful account of these formative years. From her wild adolescence--including losing her virginity at fourteen--through her eventual escape to Vassar, the bestselling novelist, essayist, and critic chronicles her relationships with family, friends, lovers, and the teachers who would influence her writing career.And Intellectual Memoirs opens with McCarthy as a married twenty-four-year-old Communist and critic. She's disciplined, dedicated, and sexually experimental: At one point she realizes that in twenty-four hours she "had slept with three different men." Over the course of three years, she will have had two husbands, the second being the esteemed, much older critic Edmund Wilson. It is Wilson who becomes McCarthy's mentor and muse, urging her to try her hand at fiction. Intellectual Memoirs is a vivid snapshot of a distinctive place and time--New York in the late 1930s--and the forces that shaped Mary McCarthy's life as a woman and a writer.
The American theatre comes alive in Mary McCarthy's provocative anthology of essaysHer literary writings and dramatic criticism have appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. Mary McCarthy's Theatre Chronicles gathers together a wide-ranging collection featuring a cast of playwrights, actors, and directors that reads like a "who's who" of American theatre. With chapters ranging from "The Unimportance of Being Oscar" to "Odets Deplored," this lively and witty volume opens a revealing window onto every aspect of theatre. McCarthy brings singular productions of the world's most famous plays to vivid dramatic life while dissecting literary giants like Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. She offers her controversial opinion on everything from the American school of realism as epitomized by Brando to what creates a great actress to how a badly written play can still make for good theatre.With passages on theatre figures from Shakespeare to Shaw to Ibsen and O'Neill, this is a must-have for theatre lovers and armchair critics everywhere.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author's estate.
During the Watergate hearings, McCarthy wrote eight reports telling of deceit and arrogance in the Nixon administration. She revised and amplified those reports for this book and added a Postscript on the Nixon pardon.
This unique autobiography begins with McCarthy's recollections of an indulgent, idyllic childhood tragically altered by the death of her parents in the influenza epidemic of 1918.
Tracing her moral struggles to the day she accidentally took a sip of water before her Communion--a mortal sin--Mary McCarthy gives us eight funny and heartrending essays about the illusive and redemptive nature of memory"During the course of writing this, I've often wished that I were writing fiction."Originally published in large part as standalone essays in the New Yorker and Harper's Bazaar, Mary McCarthy's acclaimed memoir begins with her recollections of a happy childhood cut tragically short by the death of her parents during the influenza epidemic of 1918.Tempering memory with invention, McCarthy describes how, orphaned at six, she spent much of her childhood shuttled between two sets of grandparents and three religions--Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish. One of four children, she suffered abuse at the hands of her great-aunt and uncle until she moved to Seattle to be raised by her maternal grandparents. Early on, McCarthy lets the reader in on her secret: The chapter you just read may not be wholly reliable--facts have been distilled through the hazy lens of time and distance.In Memories of a Catholic Girlhood, McCarthy pays homage to the past and creates hope for the future. Reminiscent of Nabokov's Speak, Memory, this is a funny, honest, and unsparing account blessed with the holy sacraments of forgiveness, love, and redemption.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author's estate.
A vicious and brilliant satire of human vanity from the author of the classic bestseller The Group.Long out of print, Mary McCarthy's second novel is a bitingly funny satire set in the early years of the Cold War about a group of writers, editors, and intellectuals who retreat to rural New England to found a hilltop utopia. With this group loosely divided into two factions---purists, led by the libertarian editor Macdougal Macdermott, and the realists, skeptics led by the smug Will Taub---the situation is ripe not only for disaster but for comedy, as reality clashes with their dreams of a perfect society.Though written as a roman à clef, McCarthy barely disguised her characters, including using her former lover Philip Rahv, founder of Partisan Review, as the model for Will Taub. As a result, the novel caused an absolute explosion of outrage among the literary elite of the day, who clearly recognized themselves among her all-too-accurate portraits. Rahv threatened a lawsuit to stop publication. Diana Trilling, Lionel Trilling's wife, called McCarthy a "thug." McCarthy's friend Dwight McDonald (Macdougal Macdermott) called it "vicious, malicious, and nasty."Never one to shy away from controversy, McCarthy's portrait of her generation had indeed drawn blood. But the brilliance of the novel has outlasted its first detonation and can now be enjoyed for its aphoritic, fearless dissection of the vanities of human endeavor.In an added bonus, the renowned essayist Vivian Gornick details in a moving introduction the importance of McCarthy's intellectual and artistic bravery, and how she influenced a generation of young writers and thinkers.From the Trade Paperback edition.