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Understanding Lillian Hellman

Author: Alice Griffin; Geraldine Thorsten
Publisher: Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, ©1999.
Series: Understanding contemporary American literature.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this study of Lillian Hellman's career, Alice Griffin and Geraldine Thorsten provide an examination of the major works of one of America's preeminent women playwrights and memoirists. To some, Hellman was anathema; to others heroic, especially in her defiance of the House Un-American Activities Committee during the McCarthy era. People remain fascinated by her love affairs, her thirty-year relationship with the  Read more...
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Named Person: Lillian Hellman; Lillian Hellman; Lillian Hellman
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Griffin; Geraldine Thorsten
ISBN: 1570033021 9781570033025
OCLC Number: 40311611
Description: xiii, 168 p. ; 19 cm.
Contents: Editor's preface --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Abbreviations --
Career --
The children's hour --
Another part of the forest and The little foxes --
Watch on the Rhine --
The autumn garden --
Toys in the attic --
An unfinished woman and Pentimento --
Scoundrel time --
Maybe --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Understanding contemporary American literature.
Responsibility: Alice Griffin and Geraldine Thorsten.

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In this study of Lillian Hellman's career, the authors examine the major works of this pre-eminent woman playwright and memoirist. They draw out how Hellman polarised people's opinions - to some  Read more...

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