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Mary McCarthy Photograph by Dick DeMarsico, 1963. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-114725).

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McCarthy, Mary (21 June 1912–25 October 1989), writer and critic, was born in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of Roy McCarthy, a lawyer, and Therese Preston. McCarthy was the oldest of four children and the only girl. Her parents died of the flu during the epidemic of 1918. In ...