Thursday, July 2, 2009


One of my favorite quotes: "Every word she writes is a lie, including "and" and "the". That was Mary McCarthy speaking of Lillian Hellman in a 1980 television interview. I would love to have met either/both of these ladies. Especially if they were in the same room. McCarthy is most famous for her 1963 novel The Group, which tracks the lives of eight women who graduate from Vassar together in the 30's. Caused a bit of a stir for the frank attitude toward sex. Read her quirky autobiography, Memories of a Catholic girlhood. This book is unusual in that she fictionalizes aspects of her life - but she tells you which aspects.

Graphic Source: Biography Resource Center

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