The Company She Keeps by Mary McCarthy

The Company She Keeps by Mary McCarthy. 1970 Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, later printing, 303 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. The Company She Keeps was McCarthy's first novel and was characteristic. According to a review in the New York Times: "Reduced to a simple formula, 'The Company She Keeps' is the story of a girl in her twenties who makes her way alone in New York, who plays about on the fringes of radical and literary circles, and who is burdened by a temperament which is diseased and self-destroying. Actually, however, this is an inadequate description of Miss McCarthy's novel, which is as strange and provocative in form as it is in content."

Condition: Good. Some wear to cover, pages tanned.

"He looked, she decided, like a middle-aged baby, like a young pig, like something in a seed catalogue."

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