Mary McCarthy (Hardcover)
Novels & Stories 1942-1963 (LOA #290): The Company She Keeps / The Oasis / The Groves of Academe / A Charmed Life / stories (Library of America Mary McCarthy Edition #1)
Library of America, 9781598535167, 1080pp.
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Seventy-five years ago Mary McCarthy provoked a scandal with her electrifying debut novel, The Company She Keeps (1942), announcing the arrival of a major new voice in American literature. A candid, thinly-veiled portrait of the late-1930s New York intellectual scene, its penetrating gaze and creative fusion of life and literature--"mutual plagiarism," she called it--became the hallmark of McCarthy's fiction, which the Library of America now presents in full for the first time in deluxe collector's edition. The Oasis (1949), a wicked satire about a failed utopian community, and The Groves of Academe (1952), a pioneering campus novel depicting the insular and often absurd world of academia, burnished her reputation as an acerbic truth-teller, but it was with A Charmed Life (1955), a searing story of small-town infidelity, that McCarthy fully embraced the frank and avant-garde treatment of gender and sexuality that would inspire generations of readers and writers. Also included are all eight of McCarthy's short stories, four from her collection Cast a Cold Eye (1950), and four collected here for the first time.
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About the Author
Thomas Mallon, editor, Thomas Mallon is the author of nine novels, including Watergate, Finale, and Fellow Travelers, as well as seven books of nonfiction. A protégé and friend of McCarthy's, he is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review.