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Occasional Prose

McCarthy, Mary

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ISBN 10: 0151678103 / ISBN 13: 9780151678105
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego, et al, 1985
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Cloth-backed paper over boards; dust jacket; 8vo; pp. 341. Boards a little rubbed and sunned along the edges, otherwise fine. Dust jacket faintly rubbed; price-clipped. SOLD WITH a program from The Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, October 1982, featuring McCarthy, and signed by her. (Program a little rubbed and dust-soiled.). Bookseller Inventory # JC9602

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Title: Occasional Prose

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego, et al

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Mary Therese McCarthy (1912 - 1989) was an American novelist, critic and political activist. McCarthy was the winner of the Horizon Prize in 1949, and was awarded two Guggenheim fellowships in 1949 and 1959. She was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Academy in Rome. In 1973, she delivered the Huizinga Lecture in Leiden, the Netherlands, under the title Can There Be a Gothic Literature? The same year she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She won the National Medal for Literature and the Edward MacDowell Medal in 1984. This book was published in 1985 as if in testimony. The 21 essays presented here include a long, lively piece of reporting, the text of lectures, reviews and criticism, prefaces and postfaces, the story of an opera retold, two accounts of gardens and gardeners, and the vivid images of four meaningful lives in revealing valedictions. Among the topics: the Vietnam war, the conduct of London bobbies, a return to nature, the Battle of Tannenberg, the naming of Apple Charlotte, and how the teller of a tale resembles a teller of a bank counting out bills. Among the people: Tolstoy, Pirandello, Solzhenitsyn, Philip Rahv, Hannah Arendt, Nicola Chiaromonte, and of course, the author. OCCASIONAL PROSE is a literary panorama showing the ever-widening range of interests, the consummate style, and brilliant perceptions of this many-faceted author. Mary McCarthy's professional writing is strikingly varied, sometimes controversial, and always fiercely independent.

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