Lillian Hellman was a playwright, author and political activist who refused to bow to the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950s, and denounced fellow artists and intellectuals who she deemed not brave enough, or too selfish, to speak up. An abrasive and unapologetic character, she made many enemies, and was accused of lying in her memoirs and being an unrepentant Stalinist. She was revered by 1970s feminists, but had a low opinion of their cause. Kessler-Harris's biography seeks to give historical context for how Hellman was perceived at various junctures in her life.
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