By Mary McCarthy
A collage teacher embarks on a fanatical quest to save lots of his job—and enact righteous revenge—in this brilliantly acerbic satire of collage politics throughout the early chilly struggle years
Henry Mulcahy's destiny is in query. An teacher of literature at Jocelyn university, an institute of upper studying popular for its revolutionary method of schooling, he has simply got observe that he'll no longer be educating subsequent semester. He strongly suspects that his dismissal has been engineered via his nemesis, the varsity president, who Henry believes resents his improved abilities as an educator. or maybe he's being specific via the govt. during this chilly struggle period, now that Senator Joseph McCarthy's communist witch hunt is in complete swing, specially for the reason that Henry's commitment to self sufficient considering is, he believes, well known. regardless of the case, Henry Mulcahy wishes justice—and vengeance—and he'll no longer cross quietly and not using a struggle. however the conflict may possibly reveal an excessive amount of of Henry's actual nature . . .
Witty and biting, Mary McCarthy's The Groves of Academe is a deliciously pointed satire of the realm of upper schooling and its petty despots, tiny wars, and inner politics.
This e-book positive factors an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy together with infrequent photos from the author's property.
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Her stomach rumbled and reminded her that the first order of business was breakfast. She’d think about the bath and bolting later. Charlotte followed Bay down the carpeted stairs. Her boots were probably ruined after spending the night out of doors, and now she didn’t have a nightgown either. There were any number of things she wanted to speak to Bay about, but her mama always said a man had to eat before he could think. The sideboard was spread with enough food to feed every mistress on the street.
He had no hesitation to punish her for her sister’s transgressions—if one thought that hours of sublime sensual pleasure was punishment. Charlotte put an ear to the bedroom door and listened for any movement. A pleasant lingering of cheroot smoke drifted into her nostrils, but the house was dark and silent save for the steady ticking of the clocks. The timepiece in the cherub’s stomach at her bedside told her it was gone on eleven. He must have left while she availed herself of the discreetly screened commode chair in the dressing room.
And then it hit her. Deb had teasingly spoken about making off with Bayard’s paintings. Said they were valuable. Lord knows, there were enough of them all through the downstairs rooms. There were breasts and bottoms and nipples and nooks on every wall, some near to life-size. But the artwork on the stairs was a manageable size, as was the one hanging directly below it. Charlotte could take them down herself, cut the canvas from their frames, and sell them. All she needed was enough money to hide out for a few weeks.
The Groves of Academe: A Novel by Mary McCarthy