UNIVERSITY OF MAINE. DOCTOR OF HUMANE LETTERS DIPLOMA, MAY 15, 1982.
The citation that accompanied this diploma stated "Mary McCarthy is important to us because she serves as a touchstone for the very finest of observation, criticism, and style. Her wisdom and her wit, exemplified in her works and her life, improve us all�Through her writing, she conveys to us her own sense of discovery and of wonder at our shared life.
EDWARD MacDOWELL MEDAL, August 26, 1984.
The MacDowell colony is the oldest and largest artist colony in the United States. Located in Peterborough, New Hampshire, it has conferred since 1960 an annual award which recognizes someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the arts. In her acceptance speech, Mary McCarthy suggested that this award was a "delicious high point" in her career as a writer.
In April 1959 Mary McCarthy was living in New York. She had a very busy social life, as seen by this calendar. People mentioned here include Philip Rahv, Nancy Macdonald (wife of Dwight), Peggy Guggenheim, Edmund Wilson, and others. In order to retreat from this active pace, McCarthy and Bowden Broadwater rented a house in Vermont for the summer of 1959.
MacDONALD, DWIGHT. TYPED LETTER SIGNED TO MARY McCARTHY, March 28, , New York.
Partisan Review was an important literary and political journal during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Mary McCarthy served as an editor in the late 30s, and published stories and reviews there for many years. This 1941 letter from PR editor Dwight MacDonald (1906-1982), also a friend, discusses McCarthy's famous story " The Man in the Brooks Brothers Suit."