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In a time of steadily deepening political polarization, can reading classic literature offer some perspective?

Above, novelist and critic Thomas Mallon, who edited the Library of America edition of Mary McCarthy’s fiction, shares his thoughts on the “multiplicity” of great American writing—and offers a prescription for getting through our present moment.

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