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Lillian Hellman: A Life with Foxes and Scoundrels

 
 
Author
Deborah Martinson.
Publisher Counterpoint  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781582437231
Pages/Publication Date 448/2005
Daedalus Item Code 32389
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Few literary celebrities have lived with more abandon and under a brighter spotlight than iconoclastic playwright Lillian Hellman. Even fewer have been doubted as absolutely as Hellman, famously denounced by rival Mary McCarthy. A New Orleans Jew with one foot in Manhattan and one in Hollywood, a writer whose experience spanned the Great Depression, the Cold War, and the Nixon years, Hellman comes to life in this riveting biography, the first written with the full cooperation of her family, friends, and inner circle. Deborah Martinson moves beyond the myths around Hellman and finds the sassy, outrageous woman committed to writing and politics, facing the world with wit, truth, lies, and chutzpah.

"As controversial as she was accomplished, dramatist and memoirist Hellman has been neglected of late, an omission Martinson, who gained unprecedented access to invaluable archives, corrects in this meticulous, groundbreaking biography. Raised in both her native New Orleans and New York, Hellman, unruly and precocious, became a commanding, audacious, and unconventional woman who made enemies right and left thanks to her irascibility, success, and complicated affairs with brilliant, difficult men. Among Hellman's many conquests, the gifted yet dissolute noir writer Dashiell Hammett was the love of her life and the bane of her existence, helping her, in better days, to become an epoch-defining playwright with The Children's Hour and The Little Foxes. Martinson fluently recounts the intricate inside stories of each of Hellman's triumphs on Broadway and in Hollywood, and each of her best-selling memoirs, including the National Book Award-winning An Unfinished Woman (1969). And then there's Martinson's riveting coverage of Hellman's heroic appearance before the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee. Hellman's life was exceptionally full, complicated, and dramatic, and Martinson judiciously orders a daunting wealth of material to portray Hellman in all her moxie and glory."Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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