Мэри Маккарти цитаты
Дата рождения: 21. Июнь 1912
Дата смерти: 25. Октябрь 1989
Другие имена: Mary McCarthyová, Mary Therese McCarthy
Мэ́ри Тере́за Макка́рти — американская писательница, публицист и критик, социалист.
Мэри Маккарти симпатизировала коммунистам, но после московских процессов солидаризировалась с Львом Троцким и осуждала сталинизм. Входя в коллектив журнала «Partisan Review», где приобрела репутацию талантливого критика, также печаталась в «The Nation», «The New Republic», «Harper’s Magazine» и «The New York Review of Books». После Второй мировой войны выступала с критикой и маккартизма, и советского строя. Во время войны во Вьетнаме несколько раз посещала Вьетнам и выступала с критикой негативного изображения вьетнамских партизан в западных СМИ.
Была замужем четыре раза. Начиная с 1938 года, её мужем был известный литературный критик Эдмунд Уилсон, в этом браке у Мэри Маккарти родился сын, Reuel Wilson.
Одной из её ближайших подруг была Ханна Арендт. Wikipedia
Цитаты Мэри Маккарти
„A society person who is enthusiastic about modern painting or Truman Capote is already half a traitor to his class. It is middle-class people who, quite mistakenly, imagine that a lively pursuit of the latest in reading and painting will advance their status in the world.“
"Up the Ladder from Charm to Vogue", p. 185
On the Contrary: Articles of Belief 1946–1961 (1961)
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„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.“
Interview by Elisabeth Niebuhr in "The Paris Review Interviews: Writers at Work, Second Series" (1963) [the interview took place in March 1961]
Контексте: 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.
„Calling someone a monster does not make him more guilty; it makes him less so by classing him with beasts and devils“
"The Hue and Cry," The Writing on the Wall (1970)
Контексте: 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.
Источник: Between Friends: The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy, 1949-1975
„You know what my favourite quotation is? […] It’s from Chaucer […] Criseyde says it, "I am myne owene woman, wel at ese."“
First published in Partisan Review (July-August 1941)
Источник: The Company She Keeps (1942), Ch. 3 "The Man in the Brooks Brothers Shirt", p. 70.
"The Fact in Fiction", p. 266. First published in Partisan Review (Summer 1960)
On the Contrary: Articles of Belief 1946–1961 (1961)
„When Henry Mulcahy, a middle-aged instructor of literature at Jocelyn College, Jocelyn, Pennsylvania, unfolded the President's letter and became aware of its contents, he gave a sudden sharp cry of impatience and irritation, as if such interruptions could positively be brooked no longer.“
— Mary McCarthy, книга The Groves of Academe
Источник: The Groves of Academe (1952), Ch. I, p. 293, first lines of novel
„Combativeness was, I suppose, the dominant trait in my grandmother’s nature. An aggressive churchgoer, she was quite without Christian feeling; the mercy of the Lord Jesus had never entered her heart. Her piety was an act of war against the Protestant ascendancy […] articles attacking birth control, divorce, mixed marriages, Darwin and secular education were her favourite reading. The teachings of the Church did not interest her, except as they were a rebuke to others […] The extermination of Protestantism, rather than spiritual perfection, was the boon she prayed for.“
— Mary McCarthy, книга Memories of a Catholic Girlhood
Источник: Memories of a Catholic Girlhood (1957), Ch. 1
„I was able to compare the sexual equipment of the various men I made love with and there were amazing differences, in both length and massiveness. One handsome married man, who used to arrive with two Danishes from a very good bakery, had a penis about the size and shape of a lead pencil; he shall remain nameless. In my experience there was usually a relation to height, as Philip Rahv and Bill Mangold, both tall men, bore out. There may be dwarfish men with monstrously large organs, but I have never known one. It was not until later, after my second divorce, that I met an impotent man or a pervert (two of the latter)… None of my partners, the reader will be relieved to hear, had a venereal disease.“
Источник: Intellectual Memoirs: New York 1936–1938 (1992), Ch. 2
— Mary McCarthy, книга The Group
Dottie in Ch. 2
The Group (1963)
„To be a child is something one learns, as one learns the names of rivers or the kings of France. Childhood, for a child, is a sort of falseness, woodenness, stoniness, a lesson recited. Many children are aware of this — that is, aware of being children as a special, prosy condition: "We can't do that! We're children!" Playing children is a long boring game with occasional exciting moments.“
The Writing on the Wall and Other Literary Essays (1970)