Writing Dangerously by Carol Brightman
Mary McCarthy and Her World

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Near the end of her life, when she was most candid, Mary McCarthy granted Carol Brightman 18 unrestricted interviews. Based on these, as well as unprecedented access to McCarthy's letters and papers, this biography reveals the essential McCarthy. Illustrations.
 

About Carol Brightman

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Carol Brightman is the author of "Writing Dangerously: Mary Carol Brightman is the author of "Writing Dangerously: Mary McCarthy and Her World, " which won a National Book Critics McCarthy and Her World, " which won a National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, and the editor of "Between FrienCircle Award for Biography, and the editor of "Between Friends: The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy." ds: The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy." She is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and LettShe is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. She lives in Walpole, Maine. ers Award in Literature. She lives in Walpole, Maine.
 
Published October 27, 1992 by Clarkson Potter. 95 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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In this first-rate but overly long biography, Brightman (Larry Rivers: Drawings and Digression--not reviewed) has whole plates of intellectual history to offer, upon which Mary McCarthy sits never quite centrally enough.

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With her seamless interweaving of the social and inner lives of McCarthy (1912-1989), Brightman ( Drawings and Digressions ) makes sense of the contradictory roles her subject played: orphan, child of privilege;

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Brightman's NBCC award-winning biography places McCarthy in the context of the American political Left.

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Entertainment Weekly

When Gertrude Johnson, the character easily mistaken for Mary McCarthy in Randall Jarrell's satirical 1954 novel, Pictures From an Institution, ''patted someone on the head you could be sure that the head was about to appear, smoked, in her next novel...(Her readers) could not mention (her) s...

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The Independent

She began to write book reviews and meet left-wing radical writers.

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London Review of Books

She inevitably regards McCarthy’s tours de force in exposing the bad faith of the radicals of the Thirties and Forties with some ambivalence: ‘By withholding pity, by honouring the weight and worth of convention in American life, McCarthy uncovers a deeper truth about the way in which American in...

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