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A difficult woman : the challenging life and times of Lillian Hellman / Alice Kessler-Harris.

Book Book (2012.)
Description: 439 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2012.
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  • ISBN: 9781596913639 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1596913630 (hardcover)
General Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [421]-429) and index.
Contents: Old-fashioned American traditions -- A tough broad -- A serious playwright -- Politics without fear -- An American Jew -- The writer as moralist -- A self-made woman -- A known Communist -- The most dangerous hours -- Liar, liar -- Life after death.
Summary: This is a biography of one of the most controversial women of the twentieth-century, by one of America's most renowned historians. Lillian Hellman was a giant of twentieth-century letters and a groundbreaking figure as one of the most successful female playwrights on Broadway. Yet the author of The Little Foxes and Toys in the Attic is today remembered more as a toxic, bitter survivor and literary fabulist, the woman of whom Mary McCarthy said, "Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.' " In this book the author undertakes a feat few would dare to attempt: a reclamation of a combative, controversial woman who straddled so many political and cultural fault lines of her time. She renders Hellman's feisty wit and personality in all of its contradictions: as a non-Jewish Jew, a displaced Southerner, a passionate political voice without a party, an artist immersed in commerce, a sexually free woman who scorned much of the women's movement, a loyal friend whose trust was often betrayed, and a writer of memoirs who repeatedly questioned the possibility of achieving truth and doubted her memory. Hellman was a writer whose plays spoke the language of morality yet whose achievements foundered on accusations of mendacity. Above all else, she was a woman who made her way in a man's world. Here the aurthor has crafted a nuanced life of Hellman, empathetic yet unsparing, that situates her in the varied contexts in which she moved, from New Orleans to Broadway to the hearing room of the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC).
Citation: Kessler-Harris, Alice. "A difficult woman : the challenging life and times of Lillian Hellman." New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2012.

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