Study Guide

The Children's Hour

by Lillian Hellman

The Children's Hour Analysis

Historical Context

At the time that Hellman wrote The Children's Hour, in 1934, the United States was still mired in the economic doldrums of the Great...

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The Children's Hour Literary Style

Setting
The Children's Hour employs two settings. The first, used in the opening and final acts, is the living and study...

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The Children's Hour Compare and Contrast

1930s: The Great Depression brings great suffering to America, with attempts to blunt the hardship with the ''New Deal" policies of...

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The Children's Hour Topics for Further Study

Research the fate of The Children's Hour in major cities, including Boston, Chicago, and London, where, in the 1930s, community...

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The Children's Hour Media Adaptations

The Children's Hour was first adapted to film in 1936, released under the title These Three. It was produced by United Artists...

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The Children's Hour What Do I Read Next?

The Bad Seed, Maxwell Anderson's 1955 stage adaptation of a novel by William Marsh, is a psychological study of a child murderess...

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The Children's Hour Bibliography and Further Reading

Sources
Atkinson, Brooks. Review of The Children's Hour in the New York Times, December 19,1952, p. 35.

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The Children's Hour Bibliography (Masterpieces of American Literature)

Armato, Philip M. “Good and Evil’ in Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour.” In Critical Essays on Lillian Hellman, edited by Mark W. Estrin. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1989.

Bigsby, C. W. E. 1900-1940. Vol. 1 in A Critical Introduction to Twentieth Century American Drama. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982. A chapter on Hellman evaluates The Children’s Hour’s themes and explores its relationship to Hellman’s life.

Falk, Doris. Lillian Hellman. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1978. A biographical study that includes summaries of Hellman’s works and...

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