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Lillian Hellman

Lillian Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was a renowned American playwright and memoirist. Her plays dealt with complex political, social, and familial subjects. Most were well received, and at the height of her career, she considered a female pioneer in theater.

The Children’s Hour (1934) was the play that launched Hellman’s career in theater. This was followed by number of other successful productions, the best known of which are The Little Foxes, Watch on the Rhine, and Toys in the Attic. She was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Prize for best play of the year for the latter two.

Though The Autumn Garden, which premiered in 1951, is one of her lesser-known works, many critics considered it her best. Read More→

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