Books: The Gripe

THE COMPANY SHE KEPT by Doris Grumbach. 218 pages. Coward McCann. $6.00.

This book, dubbed "A Revealing Portrait of Mary McCarthy," is hardly that, and in fact might well have been remaindered to English-Lit supplementary reading lists were it not for the mini-Manchester-style row that it started.

Doris Grumbach. 48, professor of English at the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., went to Paris in January 1966 to interview the author of The Group, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood and The Company She Keeps. Specifically, she was after biographical detail that would support her...

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