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Seeing Mary Plain: A Life of Mary McCarthy Paperback – May 17, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Kiernan herself is an extremely good writer: sympathetic, thoughtful, careful, never too wordy. She probably couldn't bring herself to cut any of this marvelous gossip and firsthand impression; and there were so many interesting stages of McCarthy's life that it would have been hard to leave anything out.
Mary McCarthy was a dynamo: a prolific writer, a teacher, a (for a time) single mother; married four times, with the last one a happy marriage. She put all of herself into her work, including managing the literary estate of her close friend Hannah Arendt. Through all this, she was a consummate entertainer, furnishing and decorating house after beautiful house, and apartments from Paris to New York to New England, and putting on grand and elegant dinner parties featuring her own first-rate cooking. It was as if her deprived childhood--McCarthy was orphaned at an early age and, during her formative years, raised by sadistic, loveless relatives--created in her a craving for the good life: abundant food, warm company, gracious living.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have the time, you will learn as much as you wish to know about McCarthy. An admirably thorough job.Published 22 months ago by rhatican
I've always been fascinated by Mary McCarthy-acerbic, take-no-prisoners theatre critic, brilliant memoirist, novelist, essayist. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Molly Haskell
A vivid, moving, in-depth portrait of a brilliant and vulnerable woman, and of the smart, dazzling people surrounding her. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Sally J
Mary McCarthy, the 20th century goddesshead of letters, lovers and luminous intellectuals, has found a brilliantly worthy biographer in Frances Kiernan. What a life! Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by Patricia V. Blitzer
When I saw the unusual format of this book--so many quotes from other people!--I was put off. But as I read, I became ever more entranced and finished the book thinking that it... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by G. Matthews
I am very surprised this book is not more highly reviewed here. I find it to be an extremely well written and engaging biography. Read morePublished on August 10, 2009 by Suzinne Barrett
I would like more information on Czerna and Carl Wilson, if someone knows something to share with me. Equally, I can share much that is not known by the author of this book.Published on January 12, 2009 by MaryAnn F. Kohl
My v smart husband notes, "the world will always try to diminish your Best Idea". (Start taking notes in your own life. Bet you'll see the wisdom in the line. Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by Biggest Fan
It took Frances Kiernan nine years to research and write this biography of America's first lady of letters. It was well worth the wait. Read morePublished on December 31, 2002 by Alan W. Petrucelli