Lillian her own play along with short stories

   Lillian Florence Hellman was born June 20th 1905 and died June 30th 1984. She was raised  Jewish,  with a mother and father and two sisters. When she was 5 years of age her family  moved to New York because her fathers’ shoe business failed. Her family went back and forth  from New Orleans to New York, which gave her a very wide view and knowledge of cultures.  She later on attended New York University and Columbia University, and briefly at Horice  Liveright’s Publishing House. Lillian married Arthur Kobe 1925, who helped her get her name  around in New York City, but they later divorced and Dashiel Hammet then became her  husband for 30 years before he died. Hammet wrote a book dedicated to Lillian, called ‘The Thin  Man’. They had a very strong relationship. She first worked as a book reviewer, press agent and  play reader before writing her own play along with short stories and novels. When she had  enough time with being in the theatre business, she started teaching young adults with all of her  experience.      “Days to Come”, “Watch on the Rhine”, and  “Another Part of the Forest” are some of the  many wonderful plays she has written, but her play “the Children’s Hour”, a story about two  women who run an all girls school and one girl who accused them of having a relationship, was  definitely made before it’s time, but it expanded peoples mind sets and introduced new things to  the world. It made it onto Broadway  in 1934, and this play was a very unexpected move with  the sexuality of a character for the time it was written in.  The play was banned in London,  Chicago and Boston because it was too extreme for them and they didn’t want to expose people  to new things. Hellman later wrote three short stories: “An unfinished woman”, “Pentimento”,  and “Maybe”. ‘Pentimento’ was based off of one of her life experiences with a woman.        Her personality was very rough and outgoing, which really showed in her plays ,as they  were  known to have a lot of passion, characterization and were very dramatic, and on top of it  all they included a very good moral behind it all. Lillian experimented with a variety of theatre  styles, such as Chekhovian drama.  Chekhovian drama is originated from Anton Chekhov. He  wrote plays as well. This style of theatre has a very dark and gloomy feeling.       Lillian wasn’t just an icon in the theatre world, she also had a big impact in the political  world. She used her two plays ‘Watch on the Rhine’ and ‘Searching the Wind’ to represent the  disappointing effort America put in the fight Hitler and Mussiloni. She was brought to the  House Committee of Un-American Activities for her political stances. She explained her  involvement in the radical groups, and was blacklisted along with her husband, and he  ended up in jail for six months.      Lillian was a very inspirational woman, she was daring and very intelligent. I feel her impact  on theatre and in politics really sped up the way things were running for the best. I enjoyed   researching her and learning about her impacting life.


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