A Difficult Woman
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A successful playwright, an idol of the New Left in America and one of the few artists who stood up to the political witch-hunts of the 1950s, Lilian Hellman (1905-1984) was a literary celebrity whose achievements were overshadowed by accusations of dishonesty, hypocrisy and Stalinism. In this biography Kessler-Harris follows Hellman's life through the challenges of 20th century America, focusing on 'the sharp disjuncture between the glamorous and celebrated playwright and the 'ugly' woman of popular memory'. American-cut pages.