Books: Cye

A CHARMED LIFE (313 pp.)—Mary McCarthy—Harcourt, Brace ($3.95).

Among those puffing their way up the descending escalator of intellectual fashion, many have cause to remember the shrewdly placed elbow and deft umbrella of a comparative shopper in ideas called Mary McCarthy.

In the nylon bluestocking set, she appears to be the most enviable of women. She is still remarkably handsome at 43. She is renowned among her friends both as a wit and a cook. She is currently in Venice, long after the mere tourists have gone, and in Manhattan her husband is shopping for an apartment suitable to her taste. With her...

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