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Mary McCarthy

Data di nascita: 21. Giugno 1912
Data di morte: 25. Ottobre 1989
Altri nomi: Mary McCarthyová, Mary Therese McCarthy

Mary McCarthy è stata una scrittrice statunitense.

Studiò al Vassar College di Poughkeepsie, nello stato di New York e, dopo la laurea, iniziò subito a collaborare con le riviste The Nation e New Republic, per poi redigere articoli di critica teatrale sulla rivista Partisan Review.

La sua prima antologia di racconti, The Company She Keeps, fu acclamato dalla critica come un successo.

Degna di nota è anche l'autobiografia Ricordi di un'educazione cattolica , analisi critica della società americana del suo tempo, soprattutto del periodo della guerra fredda.

Ebbe un certo successo anche Il gruppo , disincantata e spregiudicata storia di un gruppo di amiche, da quando erano studentesse a quando diventarono donne.

Nel 1984 le fu assegnata la Medaglia Edward MacDowell, riconoscimento in ambito letterario.

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„In violence, we forget who we are.“

—  Mary McCarthy

"Characters in Fiction", p. 276. First published in Partisan Review (March 1961)
On the Contrary: Articles of Belief 1946–1961 (1961)

„Calling someone a monster does not make him more guilty; it makes him less so by classing him with beasts and devils“

—  Mary McCarthy

"The Hue and Cry," The Writing on the Wall (1970)
Contesto: Calling someone a monster does not make him more guilty; it makes him less so by classing him with beasts and devils (“a person of inhuman and horrible cruelty or wickedness,” OED, Sense 4). Such an unnatural being is more horrible to contemplate than an Eichmann — that is, aesthetically worse — but morally an Ilse Koch was surely less culpable than Eichmann since she seems to have had no trace of human feeling and therefore was impassable to conscience.

„I suppose everyone continues to be interested in the quest for the self, but what you feel when you’re older, I think, is that — how to express this — you really must make the self.“

—  Mary McCarthy

Interview by Elisabeth Niebuhr in "The Paris Review Interviews: Writers at Work, Second Series" (1963) [the interview took place in March 1961]
Contesto: I suppose everyone continues to be interested in the quest for the self, but what you feel when you’re older, I think, is that — how to express this — you really must make the self. It's absolutely useless to look for it, you won’t find it, but it’s possible in some sense to make it.

„What's the use of falling in love if you both remain inertly as you were?“

—  Mary McCarthy

Origine: Between Friends: The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy, 1949-1975

„If only one could … But it required strength. The romantic life had been too hard for her. In morals as in politics anarchy is not for the weak. The small state, racked by internal dissension, invites the foreign conqueror. Proscription, martial law, the billeting of the rude troops, the tax collector, the unjust judge, anything, anything at all, is sweeter than responsibility.“

—  Mary McCarthy

The dictator is also the scapegoat; in assuming absolute authority, he assumes absolute guilt; and the oppressed masses, groaning under the yoke, know themselves to be innocent as lambs, while they pray hypocritically for deliverance.
First published in Harper's Bazaar (April 1942)
Origine: The Company She Keeps (1942), Ch. 6 "Ghostly Father, I Confess", p. 184.

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