Just Words: Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and the Failure of Public Conversation in America

Just Words: Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and the Failure of Public Conversation in America

By: Alan L. Ackerman (author)Paperback

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In an appearance on The Dick Cavett Show in 1980, the critic Mary McCarthy glibly remarked that every word author Lillian Hellman wrote was a lie, "including 'and' and 'the.'" Hellman immediately filed a libel suit, charging that McCarthy's comment was not a legitimate conversation on public issues but an attack on her reputation. This intriguing book offers a many-faceted examination of Hellman's infamous suit and explores what it tells us about tensions between privacy and self-expression, freedom and restraint in public language, and what can and cannot be said in public in America.

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About Author

Alan Ackerman is professor of English, University of Toronto. His books include Seeing Things, from Shakespeare to Pixar and The Portable Theater: American Literature and the Nineteenth-Century Stage, and he is editor of the journal Modern Drama.

Product Details

  • publication date: 05/04/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780300191967
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 361
  • ID: 9780300191967
  • weight: 408
  • ISBN10: 0300191960

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