Bennett, Joy, and Gabriella Hochmann. Mary McCarthy: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1992. This bibliography contains summaries of critical responses to How I Grew at the time of its publication, as well as to McCarthy’s work as a whole.
Gelderman, Carol. Mary McCarthy: A Life. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1988. In a well-researched biography that was written with McCarthy’s cooperation, Gelderman attempts to show how McCarthy’s public persona in her autobiographical writing does not always correspond to her life.
Grumbach, Doris. The Company She Kept. New York: Coward-McCann, 1967. This early biography analyzes McCarthy’s novel The Group, relating it to her Vassar years, and describes her studies at convent schools and at Annie Wright Seminary. Includes examples of McCarthy’s early essays written at Vassar.
McCarthy, Mary. Memories of a Catholic Girlhood. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1957. This earlier autobiographical work by McCarthy covers some of the same years and influences as How I Grew, with a different thematic emphasis on how the narrator of memory constructs the narration in particular ways.
McKenzie, Barbara. Mary McCarthy. New York: Twayne, 1966. McKenzie relates McCarthy’s fiction and nonfiction to autobiographical materials—for example, tying McCarthy’s choice of satire as a literary mode to possible influences from her Latin studies.