A Difficult Woman

The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman

By Alice Kessler-Harris
(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Paperback, 9781608193950, 439pp.)

Publication Date: August 6, 2013

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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.

About the Author
Alice Kessler-Harris, professor of history at Rutgers University, is author of "Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States".
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