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Mary McCarthy

Geburtstag: 21. Juni 1912
Todesdatum: 25. Oktober 1989
Andere Namen: Mary McCarthyová, Mary Therese McCarthy

Mary Therese McCarthy war eine US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin und Frauenrechtlerin.

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Citát „Wir sind die Helden unserer eigenen Geschichte.“

„In violence, we forget who we are.“

—  Mary McCarthy

"Characters in Fiction", p. 276. First published in Partisan Review (March 1961)
On the Contrary: Articles of Belief 1946–1961 (1961)

„Calling someone a monster does not make him more guilty; it makes him less so by classing him with beasts and devils“

—  Mary McCarthy

"The Hue and Cry," The Writing on the Wall (1970)
Kontext: Calling someone a monster does not make him more guilty; it makes him less so by classing him with beasts and devils (“a person of inhuman and horrible cruelty or wickedness,” OED, Sense 4). Such an unnatural being is more horrible to contemplate than an Eichmann — that is, aesthetically worse — but morally an Ilse Koch was surely less culpable than Eichmann since she seems to have had no trace of human feeling and therefore was impassable to conscience.

„I suppose everyone continues to be interested in the quest for the self, but what you feel when you’re older, I think, is that — how to express this — you really must make the self.“

—  Mary McCarthy

Interview by Elisabeth Niebuhr in "The Paris Review Interviews: Writers at Work, Second Series" (1963) [the interview took place in March 1961]
Kontext: I suppose everyone continues to be interested in the quest for the self, but what you feel when you’re older, I think, is that — how to express this — you really must make the self. It's absolutely useless to look for it, you won’t find it, but it’s possible in some sense to make it.

„What's the use of falling in love if you both remain inertly as you were?“

—  Mary McCarthy

Quelle: Between Friends: The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy, 1949-1975

„You mustn't force sex to do the work of love or love to do the work of sex.“

—  Mary McCarthy, buch The Group

Dottie in Ch. 2
The Group (1963)

„Europeans used to say Americans were puritanical. Then they discovered that we were not puritans. So now they say that we are obsessed with sex.“

—  Mary McCarthy

As quoted in "Lady with a Switchblade" in LIFE magazine (20 September 1963) http://books.google.com/books?id=e1IEAAAAMBAJ&q=%22Europeans+used+to+say+Americans+were+puritanical+Then+they+discovered+that+we+were+not+puritans+So+now+they+say+that+we+are+obsessed+with+sex%22&pg=PA62#v=onepage

„Every word she writes is a lie, including and and the.“

—  Mary McCarthy

Comment about Lillian Hellman in a televised interview (1979) on The Dick Cavett Show; this prompted a defamation suit against McCarthy which was dropped after Hellman's death: "If someone had told me, don't say anything about Lillian Hellman because she'll sue you, it wouldn't have stopped me. It might have spurred me on. I didn't want her to die. I wanted her to lose in court. I wanted her around for that."

„If someone tells you he is going to make "a realistic decision," you immediately understand that he has resolved to do something bad.“

—  Mary McCarthy

"The American Realist Playwrights", p. 296. First published in Harper's Magazine (July 1961)
On the Contrary: Articles of Belief 1946–1961 (1961)

„Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted.“

—  Mary McCarthy

"My Confession", p. 74. First published in two parts in The Reporter (December 22, 1953 and January 5, 1954)
On the Contrary: Articles of Belief 1946–1961 (1961)

„I am putting real plums into an imaginary cake.“

—  Mary McCarthy

Commenting on her novel The Group. New York Herald Tribune (5 January 1964)

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