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.

http://www.abingdontheatre.org/

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Mary McCarthy’s fiction now available in electronic form

Mary McCarthy’s fiction is now available in electronic form at http://www.openroadmedia.com/mary-mccarthy.

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

FEATURING:
VIVIAN GORNICK in conversation with ROCHELLE GURSTEIN

THE BOOK:
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.

THE DISCUSSION:
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.

THE SPEAKERS:
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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Mary McCarthy Society meeting and panel at American Literature Association Convention

The Mary McCarthy Society will have its first annual meeting and presentation at the American Literature Association Convention on Saturday, May 25th 8-9:20 a.m. at the Westin Copley in Boston, MA.  Below is the program. Business meeting to follow presentation. Hope you can join us!

Session 14-C Mary McCarthy Reconsidered: A Centennial Celebration

Organized by the Mary McCarthy Society

Chair: Sabrina Fuchs Abrams, State University of New York, Empire State College

1. “The Group at 50,” Sophia Wilson, New York University

2. “Vassar and Beyond: Sources for Reconsidering Mary McCarthy,” Ronald D. Patkus, Vassar College

3. “Weekends at Mary’s,” Eve Stwertka, State University of New York, Farmingdale

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“The Group” subject of Big City Book Club online discussion Feb. 26th, 6:30-9:30pm

Mary McCarthy’s The Group will be the subject of the Big City Book Club online conversation on Feb. 26 on the City Room blog, 6:30-9:30 pm at nytimes.com/cityroom

Discussion organizer Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times will be joined by the novelist James Collins, whose 2008 best seller Beginner’s Greek also explores “postcollegiate romantic life in Manhattan”

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Mary McCarthy inducted into New York State Writers Hall of Fame

Mary McCarthy was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame on June 5,  2012.  Eve Stwertka, co-trustee of the Mary McCarthy Literary Trust with Margo Viscusi, presented a remembrance to be found at the link below.  The 2012 inductees include E. L. Doctorow, Pete Hamill, Toni Morrison, and Joyce Carol Oates.  Other honorees include John Cheever, Hart Crane, Edna Ferber, Washington Irving, Henry James, Marianne Moore, Barbara W. Tuchman, Kurt Vonnegut, and Richard Wright.

http://blog.loa.org/2012/07/eve-stwertka-remembers-mary-mccarthy.html

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