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Mary McCarthy led a fascinating life, and this very long biography makes you feel like you know the whole story. Although it is overly long (and I'm a slow reader), it's made up of quotations and excerpts from the many many famous people who knew her, along with some of her own writings. And the people she knew! We hear direct from no lesser persons than Norman Mailer, Vladimir Nabokov, Gore Vidal, Renata Adler, Susan Sontag, Clement Greenberg, Peggy Guggenheim, Edmund Wilson (who was also her second husband)! Alfred Kazin, Pauline Kael. She was involved with, or had something to say about every major social and political issue of mid-century. Her friendships were numerous and varied.
Seeing Mary plain: a life of Mary McCarthy. This massive biography of novelist and essayist McCarthy (1912-89) has a unique format. In addition to Kiernan's traditional narrative, the volume also reprints extensive excerpts from McCarthy's.
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Seeing Mary Plain: A Life of Mary McCarthy" by Frances Kiernan. A host of gossips weighs in on the left-wing scrapper and wickedly erotic novelist - - By Pam Rosenthal. The world of the novel, Mary McCarthy wrote, is the world according to the village gossip. Upon the publication of this book, Frances Kiernan's ''Seeing Mary Plain,'' the third substantial biography of Mary McCarthy in 12 years, the question must be asked: is McCarthy - a viperously clever but minor writer, much admired, much detested - now less read than read about? Was her life more alluring than her work?
I love Mary McCarthy's writing. Her prose is so knowing, and so smart that it takes my breath away. I didn't know anything about her at all until I read this book. It's a terrific read - McCarthy's life was flamboyant, daring, challenging. She was a feminist in the most modern sense of the word, and a devastatingly attractive woman. I believe her writing deserves to be better known and this biography may be the thing to get her some of that recognition, because the more you read about her, the more you want to see how it comes across in her text.
By the time she died of cancer in 1989, McCarthy was almost as famous for being famous as she was for her writing, of which the early Memories of a Catholic Girlhood may have been her best. Despite the repetition inherent in a biography of this length (845 pages), this is a fascinating look at one of our most. Nonfiction, Biography.
Seeing Mary Plain A Life of Mary McCarthy By FRANCES KIERNAN W. W. Norton & Company. On August 15, 1984, one month after a delicate operation to relieve the pressure of water on her brain, Mary McCarthy wrote her old friend Carmen Angleton. She had every reason to be pleased. Not only had her ataxia and headaches responded to surgery, but after four years of combating a punitive and highly publicized libel action mounted by the playwright Lillian Hellman, she was free to get on with her life. From then on, I did not arrange any more interviews with Mary McCarthy. There's nothing in the book that says you have to be an easy person to get along with. There's only something that says if you're going to be an artist, be a damn good one. When she came down that afternoon, she didn't seem frail-not a bit.
She's too private," Kiernan said, "but I could write a biography of Mary McCarthy," and that is how, in 1990, she "stumbled" into writing a biography of McCarthy, Seeing Mary Plain, which is quite a stumbling, as stumblings go (it's 845 pages long and wasn't published until 2000)