The Challenging Lillian Hellman

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Columbia University historian Alice Kessler-Harris describes the life and times of Lillian Hellman, a groundbreaking figure as one of the most successful female playwrights on Broadway. Today she's often remembered more as a bitter survivor and literary fabulist, the woman of whom Mary McCarthy said, "Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'" Kessler-Harris tackles Hellman's legacy in A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman.