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.