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Mary McCarthy

Data de nascimento: 21. Junho 1912
Data de falecimento: 25. Outubro 1989
Outros nomes:Mary McCarthyová,Mary Therese McCarthy

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Mary Therese McCarthy foi uma escritora, crítica literária e ativista política estadunidense.

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„In violence, we forget who we are.“

— Mary McCarthy
"Characters in Fiction," Partisan Review (March/April 1961)

„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]

„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)

„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)

„Every word she writes is a lie, including and and the.“

— Mary McCarthy
Comment about Lillian Hellman in a televised interview (1979) on The Dick Cavett Show; this prompted a defamation suit against McCarthy which was dropped after Hellman's death: "If someone had told me, don't say anything about Lillian Hellman because she'll sue you, it wouldn't have stopped me. It might have spurred me on. I didn't want her to die. I wanted her to lose in court. I wanted her around for that."

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