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November 20, 2012

Lillian Hellman on Telling

Lillian Hellman (1905 – 1984)

On this day in 1934, Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour opened on Broadway. The play was based on a student-teacher scandal in Edinburgh in 1809; although banned in some cities for its lesbian overtones, it began the string of hits that made Hellman one of the most popular playwrights in mid-century America, and eventually brought her into collision with Senator McCarthy.

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