Hellman, Lillian: Further Reading

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Estrin, Mark W. Lillian Hellman: Plays, Films, Memoirs. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1980, 378 p.

Complete record of essays, reviews, and news articles about Hellman's work from 1934 to 1979.

Horn, Barbara Lee. Lillian Hellman: A Research and Production Sourcebook. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998, 170 p.

Comprehensive sourcebook containing play synopses, critical overviews, and annotated bibliographies of both primary and secondary sources.

Triesch, Manfred. The Lillian Hellman Collection at the University of Texas, compiled by Manfred Triesch. Austin: University of Texas, 1966, 167 p.

Bibliography of the manuscripts, letters, and papers in the Hellman Collection.


Dick, Bernard F. Hellman in Hollywood. Rutherford, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1982, 183 p.

Coverage of Hellman's life and career as a Hollywood screenwriter.

Moody, Richard. Lillian Hellman: Playwright. New York: Pegasus, 1972, 372 p.

Comprehensive study of Hellman's life as a playwright.


Austenfeld, Thomas Carl. "The Moral Act: Lillian Hellman Fights Fascists in the Parlor." In American Women Writers and the Nazis: Ethics and Politics in Boyle, Porter, Stafford, and Hellman, pp. 85-106. Charlottesville, Va.: University Press of Virginia, 2001.

Maintains that in Watch on the Rhine and The Searching Wind Hellman was attempting to draw America into the war against fascism.

Austin, Gayle. "The Exchange of Women and Male Homosocial Desire in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Lillian Hellman's Another Part of the Forest. "In Feminist Rereadings of Modern American Drama, edited by June Schlueter, pp. 59-66. Rutherford, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1989.

Employs Gayle Rubin's feminist essay "The Traffic in Women" to analyze plays by Miller and Hellman.

Burke, Sally. "Anticipating the Second Wave." In American Feminist Playwrights: A Critical History, pp. 100-38. New York: Twayne, 1996.

Examines Hellman as a feminist playwright.

Erhart, Julia. "'She Could Hardly Invent Them!' From Epistemological Uncertainty to Discursive Production: Lesbianism in The Children's Hour." Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 35 (May 1995): 87-105.

Discusses the issue of lesbianism in The Children's Hour.

Falk, Doris V. Lillian Hellman. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1978, 180 p.

Collection of critical essays on Hellman's plays and memoirs.

Friedman, Sharon. "Feminism as Theme in Twentieth-Century American Women's Drama." American Studies 25, no. 1 (spring 1984): 69-89.

Explores the theme of feminism in several American plays, including Hellman's The Little Foxes and Another Part of the Forest.

Lederer, Katherine. Lillian Hellman. Boston: Twayne, 1979, 159 p.

Critical essays on Hellman's life and major works.

Mooney, Theresa R. "These Four: Hellman's Roots Are Showing." In Southern Women Playwrights, edited by Robert L. McDonald and Linda Rohrer Paige, pp. 27-41. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 2002.

Examines the representation of the South in four of Hellman's plays.

Reaves, Gerri. "Lillian Hellman's Scoundrel Time and the Ownership of Memory." In Mapping the Private Geography: Autobiography, Identity, and America, pp. 51-82, 135-58. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2001.

Examination of Hellman's unorthodox manner of rendering personal memories in Scoundrel Time.

Sauer, David Kennedy. "Oleanna and The Children's Hour: Misreading Sexuality on the Post/Modern Realistic Stage." Modern Drama 43, no. 3 (fall 2000): 421-41.

Compares the treatment of sexuality in plays by Hellman and by David Mamet.

Tuhkanen, Mikko. "Breeding (and) Reading: Lesbian Knowledge, Eugenic Discipline, and The Children's Hour." Modern Fiction Studies 48, no. 4 (2002): 1001-1040.

Explores the racial subtext of The Children's Hour.


Additional coverage of Hellman's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: American Writers Supplement, Vol. 1; Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vol. 47; Authors in the News, Vols. 1, 2; Contemporary American Dramatists; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 13-16R, 112; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series,Vol. 33; Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vols. 2, 4, 8, 14, 18, 34, 44, 52; Contemporary Women Dramatists; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 7, 228; Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook, 1984; DISCovering Authors Modules: Dramatists; DISCovering Authors 3.0; Drama Criticism, Vol. 1; Drama for Students, Vols. 1, 3, 14; Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, Ed. 3; Feminist Writers; Literature and Its Times, Vol. 3; Literature Resource Center; Major 20th-Century Writers, Eds. 1, 2; Modern American Women Writers; Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4; Twayne's United States Authors; and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 119.