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Lilly: Reminiscences of Lillian Hellman Hardcover – September 11, 1991

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing (September 11, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517075504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517075500
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,850,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Love and anger can spring from the same source, sometimes canceling each other out. Lillian Hellman, playwright, was a woman largely consumed by both emotions, as one might expect from such a creative person. She was amazing. People sought her out, younger friends avidly socialized with her in her old age, and the author--who met her when he was a boy of ten--years later, at 35, he had an affair with her, which serves him extraordinarily wellin this memoir. What everyone noticed about Lillian's adept handling of either emotion was how she funneled her feelings into an unflaggingly sharp wit.

The book is delightful in its recounting of Hellman anecdotes. For instance,Feibleman writes, "Lillian had one or two special ways of combating her morning boredom. Her favorite was was to call up a handful of friends on the phone and say, to each of them, "Do you realize how angry you sound?"

This is, among other things, a book sure to fascinate writers. Consider that it touches on Dashiel Hammett's relationship with Lillian. He was not just lover but mentor. She was the same for Peter Feibleman. The first relationship lasted, in one form or another, until Dashiel's death, for Lillian hospiced the author of The Thin Man. Feibleman had a 43 year relationship with Hellman, until her death in 1984. If anyone was the child in the relationship, he insists, it was Hellman.

A wonderful read.
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