Wendy Wasserstein is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright whose works include An American Daughter, The Sisters Rosenzweig,The Heidi Chronicles, Isn't It Romantic, and Uncommon Women and Others."
It is precisely because the book is so fragmented and uneven that it rings so true.
During her long love affair with novelist Dashiell Hammett, Hellman was frequently accused of draining his ideas to further her own work.
While I do think it matters if she consciously fictionalized her life, whatever the facts this is a good read.
All the controversy may be true, or it may be many other writers were miffed because she came on in such a different way. Polically it was a very tenuous time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. L. Serkes
I was introduced to this memoir in college in the 1970's and recently bought it for our granddaughter. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Susan
If you have never read "Pentimento," you should find a way to rectify that fact. The terrible beauty of the story "Julia" has stayed with me for decades. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by R. Doyle
A wnderful "re-visit" to this writers journey of her life, an independent soul, perhaps even "unfinished" (are we ever "finished?". Read morePublished on June 10, 2009 by Bruce R. Nelson
Lillian Hellman was a fascinating woman but it has been well-established that most of her anectodal vignettes are complete fabrications. Read morePublished on July 1, 2006 by Danae Savitri
There was no "Julia." Hellman helped herself to Muriel Gardiner's life story. ALL of Hellman's memoirs must be read with extreme caution -- her "inaccuracies" go well beyond what... Read morePublished on April 25, 2005 by A Reader
Moving collection of real life stories that make you appreciate Hellman's plays. A must read for anyone interested in her relationship with Dashielle Hammett, who penned some of... Read morePublished on March 15, 2005 by JR
Pentimento is a fine example, not only of Hellman's writing, but of her imaginative style. The story 'Julia' stands out in this collection because of its basis in reality. Read morePublished on September 27, 2004 by R. Nowicki
It is morning. The turtle Lilly and Dash have been preparing for dinner has vanished from the kitchen stool. Read morePublished on October 14, 2003 by Simple tool