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Lillian Hellman

A Life with Foxes and Scoundrels

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June 1, 2011 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 464 Pages | ISBN 9781582437231
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“Martinson judiciously orders a daunting wealth of material to portray Hellman in all her moxie and glory.” —Booklist Starred Review

Few literary celebrities have lived with more abandon and under a brighter spotlight than Lillian Hellman. Even fewer have been doubted as absolutely as Hellman, famously denounced by rival Mary McCarthy. Attacked by critics and idealized by admirers, Hellman’s determination to control and manipulate her image helped make her a figure of unknowable half-truths and rumors. Until now.

Lillian Hellman: A Life with Foxes and Scoundrels is the first biography of the iconoclastic playwright written with the full cooperation of her family, friends, and inner circle. Deborah Martinson moves beyond the myths around Hellman and finds the sassy, outrageous woman committed to writing, to politics, and to having her say. Martinson’s research—through interviews, archives, recently declassified CIA files, and her unprecedented access to Hellman’s confidants—paints the most complete, and surprisingly admiring, portrait of this remarkable writer that we’ve ever had.

DEBORAH MARTINSON is associate professor and chair of English Writing at Occidental College. In 1999 she was researcher for the PBS biography, “The Lives of Lillian Hellman.” She lives in Burbank, California.

Praise

“As controversial as she was accomplished, dramatist and memoirist Hellman has been neglected of late, an omission Martinson, who gained unprecedented access to invaluable archives, corrects in this meticulous, groundbreaking biography… Hellman’s life was exceptionally full, complicated, and dramatic, and Martinson judiciously orders a daunting wealth of material to portray Hellman in all her moxie and glory.” —Booklist Starred Review

“[A] vivid evocation of a tumultuous life.” —Publishers Weekly

 

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