Mary McCarthy Society Call for Papers at American Literature Association Conference

The Mary McCarthy Society will sponsor a panel at the 2015 American Literature Association Conference on May 21-24 in Boston, MA on the following topic:

Mary McCarthy: Past, Present, and Future
This session will consider Mary McCarthy’s historical contribution, her relevance today, and her future value as a writer, an intellectual, a political activist, a woman, an environmentalist, a humorist, and a voice of innovation and dissent. Please send abstracts and one-page CVs to by January 15, 2015.

For further information on the ALA convention see the following link:

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Open Road promotion, Mary McCarthy’s “Cannibals and Missionaries”

The electronic publisher, Open Road, is highlighting novels about art this month and is featuring Mary McCarthy’s novel, Cannibals and Missionaries, for a reduced price of $1.99.

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Hellman v. McCarthy on Theater Talk; PBS and CUNY TV

Hellman v. McCarthy
Fri., September 5 at 1:00 AM

Sat., September 6 at 8:30 PM
Sun., September 7 at 12:30 PM
Mon., September 8 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Actresses Roberta Maxwell and Marcia Rodd join talk show host Dick Cavett to discuss their roles as Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy and Dick Cavett respectively in the play Hellman v. McCarthy. Written by Brian Richard Mori, it deals with the 1980 feud between the two eminent writers triggered by an appearance by McCarthy on Cavett’s show, during which she said of Hellman, “Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.”

Theater Talk co-hosts, Susan Haskins and Michael Riedel

Theater Talk, the series devoted to the world of the stage, is co-hosted by Michael Riedel, Broadway columnist for the New York Post and producer Susan Haskins.

For clips and highlights from the show, please visit

To watch the show in streaming video or iTunes, visit

Theater Talk also airs across the USA in satellite syndication on stations including those listed here:

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Hellman v. McCarthy off-Broadway

A new play, Hellman v. McCarthy, premieres at the Abingdon Theatre Company, March 14-April 13, 2014.

Play by Brian Richard Mori, directed by Jan Buttram, featuring Roberta Maxwell as Lillian Hellman, Marcia Rodd as Mary McCarthy, and Dick Cavett as himself.

The play is based on the infamous feud between McCarthy and Hellman when, as a guest on “The Dick Cavett Show,” McCarthy commented that “every word [Hellman] writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the'” A bitter lawsuit ensued and has become a legendary literary dispute.

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Mary McCarthy’s fiction now available in electronic form

Mary McCarthy’s fiction is now available in electronic form at

Her non-fiction is forthcoming in electronic form in the fall.

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“Mary McCarthy night” at 192 Books

192 Books will host A DISCUSSION OF MARY MCCARTHY And Her Recently Re-released Novella, The Oasis on Tuesday, June 18, 7PM

The Oasis (Melville House, 2013) by Mary McCarthy, Introduction by Vivian Gornick


Long out of print, Mary McCarthy’s second novel is a bitingly funny satire set in the early years of the Cold War about a group of writers, editors, and intellectuals who retreat to rural New England to found a hilltop utopia.

Though written as a roman à clef, McCarthy barely disguised her characters, including using her former lover Philip Rahv, founder of Partisan Review, as the model for Will Taub. As a result, the novel caused an absolute explosion of outrage among the literary elite of the day, who clearly recognized themselves among her all-too-accurate portraits. Never one to shy away from controversy, McCarthy’s portrait of her generation had indeed drawn blood. But the brilliance of the novel has outlasted its first detonation and can now be enjoyed for its aphoritic, fearless dissection of the vanities of human endeavor.

Vivian Gornick and Rochelle Gurstein will discuss McCarthy’s experiences at the Partisan Review – from which the book emerged – as well as more general thoughts on her writings, legacy, and significance in American and literary history.

Vivian Gornick is an essayist and critic. She is the author of many books, including The End of the Novel of Love, a National Book Critic’s Circle Award finalist, Fierce Attachments: A Memoir, and The Men in My Life.

Rochelle Gurstein is the author of The Repeal of Reticence: A History of America’s Cultural and Legal Struggles over Free Speech, Sexual Liberation, and Modern Art. She writes a regular column for the New Republic On-Line and has contributed essays to Salmagundi, Raritan, The American Scholar, Bookforum, and other “little magazines.”

192 Books is located at 192 10th Avenue at 21st, New York, New York

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We’re All Friends Here: politics, satire, and Mary McCarthy

WORD bookstore and Melville House host conversation about Mary McCarthy’s recently reissued novella, The Oasis, on June 11th, 7pm at 126 Franklin St. Brooklyn, New York

Emily Cooke and Sarah Leonard of The New Inquiry join Elizabeth Gumport of n+1 for a discussion of Mary McCarthy and her vicious satire, The Oasis, which lampooned the literary elite of her time as well as the utopian aspirations of communes in the wake of World War II.

Emily Cooke is an editor at The New Inquiry. She has written for the New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement, n+1, and elsewhere.

Sarah Leonard is an editor of Dissent, The New Inquiry, and co-editor of the forthcoming book The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century (Metropolitan).

Elizabeth Gumport is graduate student in American Studies at Harvard and a senior editor of n+1.

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