Mary McCarthy and “The Stones of Florence” (1959): 60 Years Later
Dec 06, 2019 / 10:00 – 17:30 / VILLA LA PIETRA/FIRENZE, ITALY
Mary McCarthy’s celebrated essay on the art, history, and character of Florence — The Stones of Florence — was first published in the New Yorker and then as a book in 1959. As the companion volume to her Venice Observed (1956), The Stones of Florence offered a crucial postwar perspective from a major American intellectual, considering Florence and the Renaissance, at the end of the decade that witnessed the first major wave of American air travel and tourism to Florence, Italy, and Europe.
The conference participants will include family and friends of Mary McCarthy, as well as scholars and critics interested in The Stones of Florence.
Reuel Wilson, Scholar, Writer, Memoirist
Natsuko Wilson, Pianist and Writer
Sophia Wilson Niehaus, Executor, Mary McCarthy Literary Trust
Gaia Servadio, Writer and Journalist
Benjamin Wohlauer, United States Consul General in Florence
Monsignor Timothy Verdon, Director, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
Thomas Mallon, Novelist, Essayist, Critic
Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, Professor of American Literature, Venice
Cynthia Zarin, Poet and Writer
Joseph Giovannini, Architect and Architectural Critic
Ilaria Della Monica, Archivist and Art Historian, Villa I Tatti
Elisa Biagini, Poet, NYU Florence
Perri Klass, Journalist and Pediatrician; Co-director, NYU Florence
Larry Wolff, Historian, Co-director, NYU Florence
Mary, Quite Contrary: Friends, Foes, and Followers of Mary McCarthy
Organized by the Mary McCarthy Society
Chair: Sabrina Fuchs Abrams, State University of New York, Empire State College
- “’Ladies and gents, ladies and gents’ –Mary McCarthy, Elizabeth Bishop and female autobiographies in American postwar literature,” Marcel Inhoff, Bonn University (Germany)
- “Hanging by a Thread: the curious friendship of Mary McCarthy and NathalieSarraute,” Sophia Wilson Niehaus, Executor, Mary McCarthy Literary Trust
- “Drag as a Conceit for Free Speech and an Avatar for Postmodernism: ‘Uselessness’ as an Exchange Value in Mary McCarthy’s Thought,” Maureen Curtin, SUNY-Oswego
For more information or to register, visit https://americanliteratureassociation.org/ala-conferences/ala-annual-conference/
The Mary McCarthy Society will sponsor a panel at the American Literature Association Annual Convention in Boston, MA, May 23-26, 2019.
Call for Papers: The Many Lives of Mary McCarthy
With the recent reissuing of Mary McCarthy’s fiction by Library of America (Thomas Mallon, ed. 2017), this panel will consider all aspects of Mary McCarthy’s life and works. Some perspectives might include Mary McCarthy’s contribution as a fiction writer, public intellectual, satirist, feminist, political activist, social commentator, and friend. Comparative readings of McCarthy in relation to other writers and literary and cultural movements are welcome. Please send 250 word abstract and brief bio to Sabrina.FuchsAbrams@esc.edu by January 10, 2019.
The American Literature Association’s 30th annual conference will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 23-26, 2019. For further information, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org or contact the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield at email@example.com with specific questions.
Richard Lees, author of MM Centenary blogspot, in collaboration with Dr Barnaby Harran of the American Studies Department at Hull University, has a screenprint exhibition representing Mary McCarthy’s life and work entitled McCarthy Iconoclast, which will be shown in July this year at the Brodick Gallery in Hull, the UK City of Culture for 2017. For further details, visit www.richardleesprints.co.uk
The Mary McCarthy Society will sponsor a panel at the American Literature Association Annual Convention in Boston, MA, May 25-28, 2017.
Call for Papers: New Perspectives on Mary McCarthy
With the forthcoming Library of America collection of Mary McCarthy’s Fiction edited by Thomas Mallon (March, 2017), Mary McCarthy’s work continues to be relevant to us today. This panel will address new perspectives on Mary McCarthy’s contribution as a fiction writer, public intellectual, satirist, feminist, political activist, and social commentator. Please send 250 word abstract and brief bio to Sabrina.FuchsAbrams@esc.edu by January 15, 2017.
The American Literature Association’s 28th annual conference will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 25-28, 2017 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). For further information, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org or contact the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions.
Date: Sun, Apr 23, 2017, 11 am Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St Venue: Warburg Lounge Price: from $42.00
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 Sabrina.FuchsAbrams@esc.edu by January 15, 2015.
For further information on the ALA convention see the following link:
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.
For more information, go to http://www.openroadmedia.com/cannibals-and-missionaries.