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The Resource A difficult woman : the challenging life and times of Lillian Hellman, Alice Kessler-Harris

A difficult woman : the challenging life and times of Lillian Hellman, Alice Kessler-Harris

Label
A difficult woman : the challenging life and times of Lillian Hellman
Title
A difficult woman
Title remainder
the challenging life and times of Lillian Hellman
Statement of responsibility
Alice Kessler-Harris
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A revelatory and provocative biography of one of the most controversial women of the twentieth century, by one of America's most renowned historians. Lillian Hellman was a giant of twentieth-century letters and a groundbreaking figure as one of the most successful female playwrights on Broadway. Yet the author of The Little Foxes and Toys in the Attic is today remembered more as a toxic, bitter survivor and literary fabulist, the woman of whom Mary McCarthy said, "Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'" In A Difficult Woman, renowned historian Alice Kessler-Harris undertakes a feat few would dare to attempt: a reclamation of a combative, controversial woman who straddled so many political and cultural fault lines of her time. Kessler-Harris renders Hellman's feisty wit and personality in all of its contradictions: as a non-Jewish Jew, a displaced Southerner, a passionate political voice without a party, an artist immersed in commerce, a sexually free woman who scorned much of the women's movement, a loyal friend whose trust was often betrayed, and a writer of memoirs who repeatedly questioned the possibility of achieving truth and doubted her memory. Hellman was a writer whose plays spoke the language of morality yet whose achievements foundered on accusations of mendacity. Above all else, she was a woman who made her way in a man's world. Kessler-Harris has crafted a nuanced life of Hellman, empathetic yet unsparing, that situates her in the varied contexts in which she moved, from New Orleans to Broadway to the hearing room of HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee). A Difficult Woman is a major work of literary and intellectual history. - Publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kessler-Harris, Alice
Dewey number
  • 812/.52
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3515.E343
LC item number
Z74 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hellman, Lillian
  • Hellman, Lillian
  • Hellman, Lillian
  • Hellman, Lillian
  • Hellman, Lillian
  • Dramatists, American
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • PERFORMING ARTS
  • Dramatists, American
  • Political and social views
Label
A difficult woman : the challenging life and times of Lillian Hellman, Alice Kessler-Harris
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 421-429) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Old-fashioned American traditions -- A tough broad -- A serious playwright -- Politics without fear -- An American Jew -- The writer as moralist -- A self-made woman -- A known Communist -- The most dangerous hours -- Liar, liar -- Life after death
Control code
ocn738346448
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
439 pages
Isbn
9781596913639
Lccn
2011028065
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781596913639
  • (OCoLC)738346448
Label
A difficult woman : the challenging life and times of Lillian Hellman, Alice Kessler-Harris
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 421-429) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Old-fashioned American traditions -- A tough broad -- A serious playwright -- Politics without fear -- An American Jew -- The writer as moralist -- A self-made woman -- A known Communist -- The most dangerous hours -- Liar, liar -- Life after death
Control code
ocn738346448
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
439 pages
Isbn
9781596913639
Lccn
2011028065
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781596913639
  • (OCoLC)738346448

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