An Unfinished Woman Author:Lillian Hellman Lillian Hellman's plays - including 'The Little Foxes', 'Watch on the Rhine', 'The Children's Hour', 'The Autumn Garden', 'Toys in the Attic' - speak eloquently for themselves and Ms. Hellman's place in the world of letters. In 'An Unfinished Woman', she offers a detailed, unsparing, self-scrutiny and frank account of her experiences in New York... more », New Orleans, Hollywood, in Spain during the Civil War, in Moscow and Leningrad during the second World War, and after.
As this book makes clear since childhood she has hated hypocrisy and has refused to settle for soft answers, least of all from herself. The qualities she values most are courage, loyalty and integrity, and she has found them in her closest relationships. Her extraordinary thirty year love affair with Dashiell Hammett, her warm and completely unsentimental portrait of her close friend Dorothy Parker, a revealing chapter on two black women who profoundly influenced her life, and her involvement with the great events of her time have formed the basis of a book that calls up on all Ms. Hellman's formidable powers of intellect, imagination and style.
This is the book that received the National Book Award in March 1970 as the best book of the year in the category of Arts and Letters.« less