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By Eve Stwertka, Margo Viscusi

This choice of essays via a various workforce of younger lecturers, validated critics, and recognized writers moves an interesting stability among scholarship and memory. the one full-length booklet on Mary McCarthy that isn't a biography, this quantity comprises discussions of McCarthy as a member of the recent York intelligentsia, her look for a simply and moral political philosophy, and the anomaly of her perspectives on feminism. The individuals comprise McCarthy biographers Carol Brightman, Carol Gelderman, and Fran Kiernan; novelists Thomas Flanagan, Maureen Howard, and Thomas Mallon; Pulitzer Prize profitable journalist Frances Fitzgerald; and critics Morris Dickstein and Katie Roiphe. The ebook concludes with a relocating memory by means of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

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Although the text seems to be contradictory, occasionally speaking of the hijacking as though it had a practical goal, much of the time Jeroen thinks of terrorism as the political equivalent of art for art’s sake. The bourgeoisie, as he sees it, like “ evolution,” but true revolution describes a circle: “the purpose served by the capture of the Boeing was simply the continuance of . . the original thrust” (226). As committed as any modernist to the autotelic object, he wants nothing from his plot but its perfect embodiment in the world, its “sheer beauty” (227).

But this was material for just the kind of Victorian novel she would never dream of writing. “I reject the whole pathos of the changeling, the orphan, the stepchild,” thinks Meg (“Ghostly Father” 263). ” Though a lapsed Catholic, McCarthy felt that confession was good for the soul, even confession to an analyst she loathed as her husband’s surrogate. Her first story inspired by the marriage to Wilson was also the first story in which she could grapple with her orphaned, emotionally deprived past, and it became a prologue to all her later autobiographical writing.

32 Twenty-Four Ways of Looking at Mary McCarthy Podhoretz’s anatomical tributes were probably supposed to pass as chivalry, but they are more demeaning and denigrating than Norman Mailer’s out-andout assault in his review of The Group, entitled “The Case Against McCarthy” when it was reprinted in Cannibals and Christians. Mailer’s review is peppered with an assortment of female bogeys referring to author, work, and characters (“witch,” “bitchery,” “princess,” “dyke,” “old-maid,” “broad”), coupled with a panoply of excretory allusions.

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