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Mary McCarthy

Datum narození: 21. červen 1912
Datum úmrtí: 25. říjen 1989
Další jména: Mary McCarthyová, Mary Therese McCarthy

Mary McCarthy byla americká spisovatelka, kritička a politická aktivistka.


„You mustn’t force sex to do the work of love or love to do the work of sex—that’s quite a thought, isn’t it?“ The Group:

„Love had done this to her, for the second time. Love was bad for her. There must be certain people who were allergic to love, and she was one of them. Not only was it bad for her; it made her bad; it poisoned her. Before she knew him, not only had she been far, far happier but she had been nicer. Loving him was turning her into an awful person, a person she hated.“ The Group


„This humanity we would claim for ourselves is the legacy, not only of the Enlightenment, but of the thousands of European peasants and poor townspeople who came here bringing their humanity and their sufferings with them. It is the absence of a stable upper class that is responsible for much of the vulgarity of the American scene. Should we blush before the visitor for this deficiency? The ugliness of American decoration, American entertainment, American literature - is not this the visible expression of the impoverishment of the European masses, a manifestation of all the backwardness, deprivation, and want that arrived here in boatloads from Europe? The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof. The European traveler, viewing with distaste a movie palace or a Motorola, is only looking into the terrible concavity of his continent of hunger inverted startlingly into the convex. Our civilization, deformed as it is outwardly, is still an accomplishment; all this had to come to light.“ A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays

„She decided she wanted a cool, starchy independent life, with ruffles of humor like window curtains.“ The Group

„He would have been far more attractive to her if she could have trusted him. You could not love a man who was always playing hide-and-seek with you; that was the lesson she had learned.“ The Group

„He was a thoroughly bad hat, then, but that was the kind, of course, that nice women broke their hearts over.“ The Group

„Luckily, I am writing a memoir and not a work of fiction, and therefore I do not have to account for my grandmother’s unpleasing character and look for the Oedipal fixation or the traumatic experience which would give her that clinical authenticity that is nowadays so desirable in portraiture.“ Memories of a Catholic Girlhood

„I felt caught in a dilemma that was new to me then but which since has become horribly familiar: the trap of adult life, in which you are held, wriggling, powerless to act because you can see both sides. On that occasion, as generally in the future, I compromised.“ Memories of a Catholic Girlhood


„She rarely showed her emotions, which appeared to have been burned out by the continual short-circuiting of her attention.“

„Elinor was always firmly convinced of other people’s hypocrisy since she could not believe that they noticed less than she did.“ The Group

„All I knew that night was that I believed in something and couldn’t express it, while your team believed in nothing but knew how to say it—in other men’s words.“ The Group:

„She considered [her] life, which had not been a life but only a sort of greeting, a Hello There.“


„She felt really quite unequal to the tedious process of reconciliation which, in view of the fact that she was sorry, seemed to her highly unnecessary, like some legal routine or the difficulty of getting passports. Her interest in expiation quickly vanished in the face of its actuality.“ The Oasis

„I mean exactly that,” Mr. Davison retorted. “You’ve hit the nail smack on the head. We pay a price for having money. People in my position”—he turned to Kay—“have ‘privilege.’ That’s what I read in the Nation and the New Republic.” Mrs. Davison nodded. “Good,” said Mr. Davison. “Now listen. The fellow who’s got privilege gives up some rights or ought to.“ The Group:

„Every subsequent moral crisis of my life, moreover, has had precisely the pattern of this struggle over the first Communion, I have battled, usually without avail, against a temptation to do something which only I knew was bad, being swept on by a need to preserve outward appearances and to live up to other people's expectations of me.“

„It was the cocktail hour in Priss’s room at New York Hospital—terribly gay.“ The Group:

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