Thursday, 28 June 2012

Alison Lurie on MM & Empire State Hall of Fame Induction

In 1987, novelist Alison Lurie saw McCarthy as a traiblazer for women: 

"Before McCarthy, if she did not become a 'happy housewife'. the intelligent woman had two roles: the Wise Virgin and the Romantic Victim, Athena or Psyche...most of us couldn't imagine any alternative until McCarthy appeared on the scene. Her achievement was to invent herself as a totally new type of woman who stood for both sense and sensibility; who was both coolly and professionally intellectual. and frankly passionate. When we learned that she had also managed to combine a lively and varied erotic life with marriage and motherhood, we were amazed."


2012 Inductees to the NYS Writers Hall of Fame Announced
Noted authors Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, E.L. Doctorow, and Pete Hamill are among the 14 writers in the 2012 Class of Inductees into the NYS Writers Hall of Fame. The four will be in attendance at the induction on June 5, 2012, at the Princeton Club of New York. The announcement was made on January 11, 2012 at the Forbes Gallery in New York City by Robert L. Forbes, who serves on the board of the Empire State Center for the Book. The Center for the Book is the organization that oversees the Hall of Fame. Ten deceased writers including Kurt Vonnegut, Washington Irving, and Marianne Moore will also be inducted.
The full list of the 2012 inductees is as follows: John Cheever; Hart Crane; Edna Ferber; Washington Irving; Henry James; Mary McCarthy; Marianne Moore; Barbara Tuchman; Kurt Vonnegut; Richard Wright; E. L. Doctorow; Peter Hamill; Toni Morrison; and Joyce Carol Oates. For more information on each of the authors, please visit the Empire State Center for the Book's website at
"This year's list of inductees has poets, novelists, journalists and historians who have roots stretching from Brooklyn to Buffalo," said Rocco Staino, the center for the book chairman. "In addition, we are delighted that this honor will help celebrate the centennial of John Cheever, Mary McCarthy and Barbara Tuchman's births."