Magazine July 31, 2017, Issue

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Mary McCarthy’s Moment

Peter Tonguette’s review of Mary McCarthy: The Complete Fiction (July 10) argues that the novelist had large ambitions but “came up short every time.” Yet he never mentions two of her best, The Groves of Academe (1952) and A Charmed Life (1955), nor the flawed but haunting Birds of America (1971). He spends much of his review on her earliest efforts and apparently missed the point of her bestseller The Group (1963). He may be right that her novels are not much read nowadays, but that doesn’t mean they’re failures.

McCarthy was interested in American intellectual life as well

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