About Us

Mission Statement

The Mary McCarthy Society is an organization for scholars, students, and followers of Mary McCarthy to provide a forum for discussion and a repository of information about the author.  We seek to provide relevant biographical and bibliographic information about McCarthy as well as more current news and upcoming events, including academic conferences, publications, and exhibits/events pertaining to McCarthy’s life and works. Most importantly, we seek to bring together those with a shared interest in McCarthy’s contribution and to revive her reputation and relevance for future generations.


The Mary McCarthy Society was founded in 2012 by Sabrina Fuchs Abrams, a professor of English at the State University of New York, Empire State College, and author of a critical study of McCarthy’s work, Mary McCarthy: Gender, Politics and the Postwar Intellectual (2004). The society was founded in collaboration with Ronald Patkus, chief curator of the Vassar College Special Collections; Margo Viscusi and Eve Stwertka, co-trustees of the Mary McCarthy Literary Trust; and Sophia Wilson, granddaughter of Mary McCarthy and critic Edmund Wilson.  The centennial of McCarthy’s birth marked the occasion to secure McCarthy’s reputation as a leading woman intellectual, cultural critic, and fiction writer with the establishment of a Mary McCarthy Society.  The Mary McCarthy Society will sponsor its first panel at the upcoming meeting of the American Literature Association in May, 2013 in Boston, MA.

Advisory Board

Sabrina Fuchs Abrams (State University of New York, Empire State College)
Frances Kiernan (author, “Seeing Mary Plain”)
Ronald Patkus (chief curator, Vassar College Special Collections)
Robert Pounder, (Vassar College)
Eve Stwertka (former co-trustee, Mary McCarthy Literary Trust)
Margo Viscusi (former co-trustee, Mary McCarthy Literary Trust)
Sophia Wilson (New York University; trustee, Mary McCarthy Literary Trust)


The Mary McCarthy website is a collaboration between the Mary McCarthy Society and the Vassar College Archives & Special Collections .

Special thanks to Mark Lewis, faculty instructional technologist at SUNY Empire State College, for assistance in website design and maintenance