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By Dorothy Gallagher

Glamorous, proficient, audacious—Lillian Hellman knew each person, did every thing, were in every single place. by means of the age of twenty-nine she had written The Children’s Hour, the first of 4 hit Broadway performs, and shortly she used to be thought of a member of America’s first rank of dramatists, a place she maintained for greater than twenty-five years. except her literary accomplishments—eight unique performs and 3 volumes of memoirs—Hellman lived a wealthy lifestyles jam-packed with remarkable friendships, arguable political job, commute, and amorous affairs, most significantly with Dashiell Hammett. yet by the point she died, the reality approximately her existence and works were referred to as into query. Scandals connected to her identify, having to do with intercourse, with cash, and together with her personal veracity.
Dorothy Gallagher confronts the conundrum that was once Lillian Hellman—a lady with a ability to motivate outrage as usually as admiration. Exploring Hellman’s leftist politics, her Jewish and Southern heritage, and her well-known testimony sooner than the home Un-American actions Committee, Gallagher additionally undertakes a brand new analyzing of Hellman’s rigorously crafted memoirs and performs, during which she is either printed and hidden. Gallagher varieties throughout the evidence and the myths, arriving at a sharply drawn portrait of a lady who lived huge to the tip of her amazing lifestyles and not sponsored down from a fight.

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