By Alice Kessler-Harris, Harvey Lee Gable, Warren Kidd
Lillian Hellman was once a massive of twentieth-century letters and a groundbreaking determine as essentially the most profitable woman playwrights on Broadway. but the writer of The Little Foxes and Toys within the Attic is this present day remembered extra as a poisonous, sour survivor and literary fabulist, the girl of whom Mary McCarthy acknowledged, "Every notice she writes is a lie, together with 'and' and 'the.'" In a tough lady, popular historian Alice Kessler-Harris undertakes a feat few might dare to aim: a reclamation of a combative, debatable lady who straddled such a lot of political and cultural fault traces of her time. Kessler-Harris renders Hellman's feisty wit and character in all of its contradictions: as a non-Jewish Jew, a displaced Southerner, a passionate political voice with no social gathering, an artist immersed in trade, a sexually unfastened girl who scorned a lot of the women's stream, a faithful pal whose belief used to be usually betrayed, and a author of memoirs who again and again wondered the opportunity of reaching fact and doubted her memory.
Hellman used to be a author whose performs spoke the language of morality but whose achievements foundered on accusations of lying. mainly else, she used to be a girl who made her method in a man's global. Kessler-Harris has crafted a nuanced lifetime of Hellman, empathetic but unsparing, that situates her within the various contexts within which she moved, from New Orleans to Broadway to the listening to room of HUAC. A Difficut girl is a massive paintings of literary and highbrow heritage. this may be probably the most reviewed, and such a lot acclaimed, books of 2012
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A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman by Alice Kessler-Harris, Harvey Lee Gable, Warren Kidd