Lillian Hellman: The Image, the Woman
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Titel: Lillian Hellman: The Image, the Woman
Verlag: Simon & Schuster
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Auflage: 1st Edition
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This portrait traces the controversial life of the successful playwright, including her relationship with Dashiell Hammett and details her active role in ideological battles and her celebrated feuds with everyone from Tallulah Bankhead to Mary McCarthyFrom Publishers Weekly:
This badly written biography of the playwright offers no insights into her life or work but, rather, responds to Hellman's three volumes of memoirs, which Wright (Pavarotti alternatelyrelies upon or claims are riddled with errors. He does not explain what constitutes misrepresentation or self-deception on Hellman's part (he is instead eager to reveal "Hellman's faulty memory for details"), and because he prefers to expose Hellman's contradictions rather than understand them, this biography is fatally crippled. Wright grudgingly pays tribute to Hellman's talent, but becomes embarrassingly moralistic about her private life, especially her relationship with Dashiell Hammett: they never married; they had too much sex ("few men or women have thrown themselves into the heterosexual maelstrom with more enthusiasm than these two"); they drank too much; they spent too much money during the Depression ("As for guilt about spending freely on herself when others were hungry, Hellman never showed any sign of it"); they were unfaithful; Hellman had an abortion. Wright concludes that Hellman's troubled political involvements were less "intellectual" than "visceral." One could not object to this portrait if it were convincingly argued, but Wright does not answer as many questions as he lays aside in favor of moral judgments. His biography is a brief for the prosecution. Photos not seen by PW.
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