(Sarah Churchwell’s article appeared in the Guardian, 1/22.)

A new production of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour opens tonight; it is attracting predictable attention for the wattage of its stars, Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss (Peggy from Mad Men), but when the play was first produced, the star was the author. A playwright, screenwriter and memoirist nearly as well known for her life and politics as for her writing, Hellman (1905-84) was one of the most famous American women writers of the 20th century. She was also the first woman to be admitted into the previously all-male club of American "dramatic literature", primarily on the basis of two enormously successful plays from the 1930s: The Children's Hour (1934) and The Little Foxes (1939).

via www.guardian.co.uk

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *