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Lillian Hellman: Rebel Playwright

Turk, Ruth

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ISBN 10: 0822549212 / ISBN 13: 9780822549215
Published by Lerner Pub Group, Minneapolis, MN, 1995
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition, First Printing. Hard Cover 8vo in glazed pictorial boards. About Fine book in Fine DJ; spine pinched, o/w book As New. 128pp inc. Sources, Index; illustrated in b/w photos of Ms Hellman and her life partner, Dashiell Hammett. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 7815

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Title: Lillian Hellman: Rebel Playwright

Publisher: Lerner Pub Group, Minneapolis, MN

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Book Type: Book

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From School Library Journal:

Grade 6 Up-This biography never swerves from the more sensational aspects of this noteworthy woman's life. There is no invention of dialogue, no glossing over Hellman's unusual relationship with Dashiell Hammett, and no simplification of the McCarthy-era blacklisting that kept Hellman out of circulation as a writer and playwright in the 1950s. Her remarkable iconoclasm is traced from recalled incidents from her childhood, described in her own words, and continues throughout her life. The photographs are ample but not dominant, and show this woman in all of her fashion faux pas and her elegance, even at a time that the narrative notes her need for money and her style of life beyond her means. And yet her accomplishments as a playwright, fiction writer, and autobiographer are the centerpiece and are in no way tarnished or diminished by her eccentricities. The book gives an even-handed evaluation of her writing, and places Hellman where she belongs, among those whose productivity and genuine literary excellence are admirable. A fascinating life, well described.
Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
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