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About the Author

Lillian Hellman in Bloomingdale’s has been gestating in Lawrence Alexander’s mind for three decades, triggered by an off-the-cuff reference suggesting that the revered and reviled playwright was so impoverished by the blacklist of the early 1950s that she had been forced to take a job as a salesclerk in a New York City department store. The author of three Theodore Roosevelt mystery novels published by Doubleday and Knightsbridge—The Big Stick, Speak Softly, and The Strenuous Life—it was only when research revealed that Hellman had a heretofore unmentioned lover every bit as major in her life as Dashiell Hammett that Alexander began to write the novel, intrigued by the intersection of her romantic liaisons, her radical politics, and her influential position as one of America’s foremost playwrights. Residing in Los Angeles, California, the author has written well over 125 hours of network television episodes for such legendary shows as Streets of San Francisco, Charlie’s Angels, Cannon, and CHiPs, several feature films, and the lyrics and librettos for several theatrical musicals, including the Lincoln Center production of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine at what is now the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. He is the father of two grown children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 652 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475256620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475256628
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,028,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Alexander outdid himself in this book. It took me almost to the end of the book before I came to the conclusion that it was a work of partial fiction. The main character is a famous playwrite (who really lived), and the book deals with events surrounding her being blacklisted by McCarthy era polititions. To prevent herself from going bankrupt, she took a job as a sales person in Bloomingdales Department Store in New York. The book describes her relationship with author, Daschell Hammet, as well as her association with the Soviet Union during the war years. Leonard Bernstein is a character in the book who collaborated with her on the Broadway musical, "Candide." Integrated into the plot is Lillian Hellman's involvement in the investigation of a murder which allegedly occurred in Bloomingdale's. This book is engrossing and exciting. I recommend it highly. Larry Alexander is a great author.
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