Rosenfeld, Isaac
March 1952
New Republic;3/31/52, Vol. 126 Issue 13, p21
The article presents a criticism of the literary works of American satirist Mary McCarthy by focusing on "The Groves of Academe." McCarthy's satire is always directed against her friends. The reason McCarthy finds so much to ridicule is that she sees little to deplore, her satire betraying an unconscious sympathy. McCarthy's very familiarity with the things she writes about imposes a limitation on her satire, both as fiction and attack, which she is unable to overcome. Apparently she cannot prevent the substitution, because satire has become for her more than a genre--a virtual ontology.


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