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The Resource A Difficult Woman

A Difficult Woman

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A Difficult Woman
Title
A Difficult Woman
Statement of responsibility
Alice Kessler-Harris
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Language
eng
Summary
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.Kessler-Harris renders Hellman's feisty wit and personality in all of its contradictions: as a non-Jewish Jew, a displaced Southerner, a passionate political voice without a party, an artist immersed in commerce, a sexually free woman who scorned much of the women's movement, a loyal friend whose trust was often betrayed, and a writer of memoirs who repeatedly questioned the possibility of achieving truth and doubted her memory.Hellman was a writer whose plays spoke the language of morality yet whose achievements foundered on accusations of mendacity. Above all else, she was a woman who made her way in a man's world. Kessler-Harris has crafted a nuanced life of Hellman, empathetic yet unsparing, that situates her in the varied contexts in which she moved, from New Orleans to Broadway to the hearing room of HUAC. A Difficut Woman is a major work of literary and intellectual history. This will be one of the most reviewed, and most acclaimed, books of 2012
Summary
A provocative assessment of the controversial playwright challenges the opinions of her detractors while exploring contradictions in her character, from her non-practice of Judaism and her impassioned but nonpartisan political views to her sexual freedom in spite of a scorn for the women's movement and her writing of memoirs that repeatedly questioned the authenticity of memory
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10075810
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DLC
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Kessler-Harris, Alice
Dewey number
  • 812.52
  • 920
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Performing Arts
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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the challenging life and times of Lillian Hellman
Label
A Difficult Woman
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Publication
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781608193790
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optical disk
Label
A Difficult Woman
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:8f6ef5c0-8224-4481-820b-b6ed44d7d26f
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781608193790
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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