People: Feb. 22, 1982

It was not a reunion of The Group that brought the prodigal daughter back from Paris to her alma mater, but an invitation to celebrate her 70th birthday by being Vassar's first "Distinguished Visitor." Mary McCarthy, class of '33, the ironical Athena of American letters (The Stones of Florence, Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood, Cannibals and Missionaries) returned to the scene of her biting 1963 bestseller about the travails of eight alumnae. She has always thought Vassar had good teachers, it was the students she objected to. In the 1950s she described them...

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