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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

June 21st, 2002

American novelist Mary McCarthy (The Group, 1962) is born in 1912 in Seattle, Wash.

Mary McCarthy, b. June 21, 1912, d. 1989

mccarthymary.pngMcCarthy achieved success and notoriety with her first novel, The Company She Keeps, which depicted the social milieu of 1930s New York intellectuals with brutal frankness. She had a huge bestseller with The Group twenty years later and thereafter preserved her reputation as a satirist with many novels and essays. She also excelled at travel writing and non-fiction and at outing the reprehensible Lillian Hellman as a liar and Stalin supporter.

Suggested Reading Novels The Company She Keeps, 1942. The Groves of Academe, 1952. The Group, 1962. Birds of America, 1971. Cannibals and Missionaries, 1979. Travel Venice Observed, 1956. The Stones of Florence, 1956. Vietnam, 1967. Hanoi, 1968. Non-fiction On the Contrary, 1961. The Writing on the Wall, 1970. The Mask of State: Watergate Portraits, 1974. Ideas and the Novel, 1980. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays, 2002. Memoirs Memories of a Catholic Girlhood, 1957. How I Grew, 1987. Intellectual Memoirs, 1992.

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