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Mary McCarthy

Data urodzenia: 21. Czerwiec 1912
Data zgonu: 25. Październik 1989
Natępne imiona:Mary McCarthyová,Mary Therese McCarthy

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Mary McCarthy – amerykańska pisarka.

Córka Roya Winfielda i Marthy Therese z d. Preston. Siostra aktora Kevina McCarthy’ego. Pisała głównie powieści i opowiadania o charakterze psychologiczno-obyczajowym, w których portretowała z dużą dozą ironii środowiska intelektualne i artystyczne Ameryki, była ateistką. Zmarła na raka płuca.

Cieszące się w Polsce względną popularnością książki McCarthy wydawał Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy.

Cytaty Mary McCarthy

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„In violence, we forget who we are.“

— Mary McCarthy
"Characters in Fiction," Partisan Review (March/April 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
Context: 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. "The Hue and Cry," The Writing on the Wall (1970)

„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
Context: 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. Interview by Elisabeth Niebuhr in "The Paris Review Interviews: Writers at Work, Second Series" (1963) [the interview took place in March 1961]

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

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

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„I am putting real plums into an imaginary cake.“

— Mary McCarthy
Commenting on her novel The Group. New York Herald Tribune (5 January 1964)

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