Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy

Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy. 1957 Harcourt Brace Jovanich paperback, later printing, 245 pages. McCarthy was a prolific critic, memoirist, and novelist, known for her cutting wit and confident takedowns, culminating in a televised interview where she called Lillian Hellman a "dishonest writer," which led to a defamation lawsuit. Her work often skewered the milieu in which she ran, intellectual literary circles, and included thinly disguised characters based on her friends and acquaintances. Her most famous novel The Group, was a bestseller and turned into a film, yet this too alienated some friends. Memories of a Catholic Girlhood is an autobiography that experiments with form. In a glowing review in the New York Times: "The autobiographical stories are marinated in italic commentaries that tell how much commonplace veracity or creative mendacity they contain. We are given background and interpretation, amplification and variorum readings on Miss McCarthy's nomadic childhood from the West Coast to the Midlands, from convent schools to Vassar. And probably the sharpest criticism of her work you can find anywhere."

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