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The academic world; originally as a quotation from the Epistles of the 1st-century ad Roman poet Horace, ‘Atque inter silvas Academi quaerere verum [And seek for truth in the groves of ...

Academe, Groves of

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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..., Groves of [Lit.] A quotation from the Epistles of the 1st-century ad Roman poet Horace, ‘Atque inter silvas Academi quaerere verum’ (And seek for truth in the groves of Academe). > A way of referring to the academic world, especially when seen as isolated from the reality of everyday life From the serene groves of academe he was hurled into the national and international media spotlight as Archbishop of Dublin. Sunday Business Post ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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... of academe the academic world; originally as a quotation from the Epistles of the 1st-century ad Roman poet Horace, ‘ Atque inter silvas Academi quaerere verum [And seek for truth in the groves of Academe...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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The academic world; originally as a quotation from the Epistles of the 1st-century ad Roman poet Horace, ‘Atque inter silvas Academi quaerere verum [And seek for truth in the groves of Academe].’
Daniel Libeskind

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(1946– ).Polish-born American architect. He studied with John Hejduk (see also New York Five) and enjoyed a varied career in architectural academe where, it has been said, he was essentially ...
Mary McCarthy

Mary McCarthy  

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(1912–89),American novelist, short‐story writer, and critic; orphaned at the age of six, she was raised by various relatives of Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant backgrounds, a mixture that she ...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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... grove groves of Academe the academic community. literary 🅘 This phrase alludes to the Roman poet Horace’s Epistles , in which he says: Atque inter silvas Academi quaerere verum ‘and seek for truth in the groves of Academe’. The Academia was a grove near ancient Athens where a number of...

McCarthy, Mary

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World Encyclopedia

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...Mary ( 1912–89 ) US writer and drama critic . McCarthy wrote several novels, including The Groves of Academe ( 1952 ) and The Group ( 1963 ). Among her other works are Venice Observed ( 1956 ), and the autobiography Memories of a Catholic Girlhood ( 1957...

academy

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Garner's Modern English Usage (5 ed.)

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...scholars <authorities from the worlds of business and academia> . Capitalized, it refers to Plato’s school of philosophy in ancient Greece, which morphed into Academe . Academe / ak -ә-deem/ is the oldest English-language term for a school or an academic community; today it’s used almost exclusively to refer to an institution of higher education <halls of academe> , often in the set phrase groves of academe . ...

McCarthy, Mary

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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...Mary ( 1912–89 ) American writer , who used her college teaching experiences in her satirical campus novel The Groves of Academe ( 1952 ), which describes the political persecutions of the McCarthy period. The Group ( 1963 ), a study of the lives and careers of eight Vassar girls, caused some stir when published in England because of its frank descriptions of the gynaeological detail of women's lives. She published two volumes of reportage, Vietnam ( 1967 ) and Hanoi ( 1968 ), protesting against American involvement in Vietnam, and an...

campus novel

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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...novel A novel, usually comic or satirical, in which the action is set within the enclosed world of a university (or similar seat of learning) and highlights the follies of academic life. Many novels have presented nostalgic evocations of college days, but the campus novel in the usual modern sense dates from the 1950s: Mary McCarthy ’s The Groves of Academe ( 1952 ) and Kingsley Amis ’s Lucky Jim ( 1954 ) began a significant tradition in modern fiction including John Barth ’s Giles Goat-Boy ( 1966 ), David Lodge ’s Changing Places ( 1975 ), and...

Charyn, Jerome

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...in the Second World War; The Tar Baby ( 1973 ), a surreal parody of the groves-of-academe novel; The Franklin Scare ( 1977 ), an evocation of F. D. Roosevelt ; and Darlin' Bill ( 1980 ), a fantasia on the imaginary West of Wild Bill...

McCarthy, Mary

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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...orphaned at the age of 6. After graduating from Vassar College she worked as a drama critic, then taught for some years at Bard College and Sarah Lawrence College, experiences she used in her satirical campus novel The Groves of Academe ( 1952 ), which describes the political persecutions of the McCarthy period. The Group ( 1963 ), a study of the lives and careers of eight Vassar girls, caused some stir when published in England because of its frank descriptions of contraception, breastfeeding, and so on. She published two volumes of reportage, Vietnam ...

Lomas, Herbert

Lomas, Herbert (1924–2011)   Reference library

Sean O'Brien

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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...), before lecturing at the University of Helsinki ( 1952–65 ) and Borough Road College, London ( 1966–82 ). He lived in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Lomas is an idiosyncratic poet. His language is both meticulous and conversational, blending sometimes surreal imagery with anecdote and meditation. He is an adept improviser in received forms. His interests extend beyond poetry— Who Needs Money? ( 1972 ), is a work on economic reform—and his attitude is characteristically enquiring, as he ranges over love, sex (‘The Groves of Academe’), music, family history (the sequence...

McCarthy, Mary Therese

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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...New England, and The Groves of Academe ( 1952 ) is an outstanding example of the satirical academic novel. The Group ( 1963 ; filmed 1966 ) traces the various careers of eight college alumnae some thirty years after their graduation. Towards the end of her career McCarthy argued for a return to the novel of ideas, of which Birds of America ( 1971 ) and Cannibals and Missionaries ( 1979 ) are examples. Her early short stories were collected in Cast a Cold Eye ( 1950 ). McCarthy was a distinguished critic, political and cultural commentator, and travel...

campus novel

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...a scabrously funny account of the tribulations of a young Jewish academic at a Northern polytechnic, which pays ironic homage to both Bradbury and Lodge. American campus novels include Mary McCarthy 's The Groves of Academe ( 1952 ); John Barth's Giles Goat-Boy ( 1966 ), a surreal work (subtitled ‘The Revised New Syllabus’) in which one of the main characters is a super-intelligent computer; and Alison Lurie 's The War Between the Tates ( 1974 ), which concerns the adulterous liaisons and political intrigues of a group of academics on a New England...

McCarthy, Mary [Therese]

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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...profiles of two cities she knows well, and published literary essays in On the Contrary ( 1961 ), The Writing on the Wall ( 1970 ), and Ideas and the Novel ( 1980 ), but is best known for social commentary and fiction. Her novels are The Company She Keeps ( 1942 ), a witty portrait of a bohemian, intellectual young woman; The Oasis ( 1949 ), a brief satirical tale of a Utopia created by some intellectuals on a New England mountain top; The Groves of Academe ( 1952 ), a satirical portrait of faculty life at a liberal college for women; A...

McCarthy, Mary

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature (2 ed.)

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...of a bohemian, intellectual young woman; The Oasis (1949), a brief satirical tale of a utopia created by some intellectuals on a New England mountaintop; The Groves of Academe (1952), a satirical portrait of faculty life at a liberal college for women; A Charmed Life (1955), set in an artists’ colony where life is more destructive than creative; The Group (1963), about the misadventures of eight Vassar alumnae of 1933 in the thirty years after their graduation; Birds of America (1971), treating strained relations between a mother and son because of...

McCarthy, Mary

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...of Greenwich Village. This was followed by The Oasis ( 1949 ; UK title, Source of Embarrassment , 1950 ), a satire about the failure of liberalism; The Groves of Academe ( 1952 ), a cutting depiction of a college president struggling with the politics of his English department; and A Charmed Life ( 1955 ), about retirement from the world into a life of aestheticism. After producing two art histories, Venice Observed ( 1956 ) and The Stones of Florence ( 1959 ), she published her most famous work, The Group ( 1963 ), a fictionalized account of a...

academy

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Jeffrey Dean

The Oxford Companion to Music

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...academy . A term used to denote a number of more or less formal gatherings of individuals. Plato's favourite place to teach was out of doors in a grove named Academe, and since antiquity ‘the Academy’ has been a metonymy for the Platonic school of philosophy. In 1470 the Florentine humanist Marsilio Ficino , who translated Plato's writings into Latin, proclaimed the re-foundation of Plato's Academy in Florence. It is doubtful whether Ficino's academy was an actual institution rather than simply an ideal, but the concept proved an attractive and...

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