Mary McCarthy


Mary McCarthy was a novelist, critic, political activist, and short-story writer. As a book reviewer and theater critic, she demonstrated wit and fine powers of analysis. When she turned to fiction, these traits could be devastating when applied to the pretensions she scrutinized: the intellectual life of American college communities, in The Groves of Academe (1952), or the fads that influenced women’s lives in the 1930s and 1940s in her best-selling The Group (1963).

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