Caustic, brilliant, uncompromising, accomplished, Lillian Hellman, one writer noted, can "take the tops off bottles with her teeth." Her career as a playwright began in 1938 with The Children's Hour, the first of seven plays that would bring her international attention and praise. Thirty years later, Hellman unleashed her peerless wit and candor ...
Caustic, brilliant, uncompromising, accomplished, Lillian Hellman, one writer noted, can "take the tops off bottles with her teeth." Her career as a playwright began in 1938 with The Children's Hour, the first of seven plays that would bring her international attention and praise. Thirty years later, Hellman unleashed her peerless wit and candor on the subject she knew best: herself. An Unfinished Woman is a rich, surprising, emotionally charged portrait of a bygone world -- and of an independent-minded woman coming into her own. Wendy Wasserstein's introduction to this new edition provides a fascinating literary and historical context for reexamining Lillian Hellman's life and achievement.
Fair. 280 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Reading copy. Dustjacket is worn and torn. Book is taped together. AUTOBIOGRAPHY. In no sense is this a predictable theatrical memoir. Instead, Hellman offers a detailed unsparing self-scrutiny and a passionate account of her experience-whether in New York, New Orleans and Hollywood or Spain during the Spanish Civil War, or in Moscow and Leningrad during the Second World War. (Key Words: Autobiography, Dorothy Parker, Dashiell Hammett, Lillian Hellman, The Little Foxes, Days To Come, Pentimento).
This heady autobiography paints a picture of a "forties" woman years ahead of her time ! Her unique talent , especially in drama, was the perception and delineation of the hidden societal "tabus" ! Her alliance with another great talent, Dashell Hammett, writer of the detective story series, resulted in "sparks flying" , personally and in their literary careers. How she adapts to this unsteady relationship, and gains from his attention and skills, forms the bulk of this fascinating autobiography. Written with honesty and pathos for the ill fated love of her life, Lillian Hellman carries on ! You will enjoy this look into their private lives !
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