If, as she famously said, “we are the hero of our own story,” then Mary McCarthy was a very busy one in the relationship realm. She was married four times in her 77 years, most famously to the historian Edmund Wilson (her second, his third) with whom she had a son, Reuel. Her final marriage, to dashing diplomat James West, landed her a house in Maine and another in (where else?) Paris.
As a friend and reveiwer said of her, “she was forever a survivor rather than a victim.”