Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Lillian Hellman's search for truth
by Jacobson, Melvin, M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2015, 57; 10020189
Abstract (Summary)

Although Lillian Hellman was obsessed with truth, in her memoirs she often exaggerates, confabulates, and lies. So pervasive was Heliman's penchant for making things up that her reputation as a memoirist has suffered under a deluge of criticism. Hellman personified a era of many societal changes: greater sexual freedom for women, more opportunities for women to work, and television's growing impact on creating celebrities. Foremost, however, central to .Hellman's life was-the advent of McCarthyism, a period she describes in Scoundrel Time Scoundrel Time has drawn more criticism--actually vitriol--than any of her works, possibly because it tells many unwanted truths about that era. Despite her proclivity for fabulation:, Hellman's "stories"--her works of fiction presented as fact--often engage those underlying truths essentially "truer" than her surface fictions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cherin, Patricia H.
Commitee:
School: California State University, Dominguez Hills
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: American history, American literature
Keywords: HUAC Hellman, Hellman McCarthy, Mary McCarthy, McCarthyism Hellman, Truth in Memoir
Publication Number: 10020189
ISBN: 978-1-339-51228-0
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