What examples of “the big lie” as a theme can you detect in Lillian Hellman’s plays?
What were the implications for Hellman’s writing of her shift in interest away from Henrick Ibsen and toward Anton Chekhov?
Explain how Hellman’s concern about fascism and her play Watch on the Rhine inadvertently helped put Senator Joseph McCarthy on her track.
Hellman was one of a considerable number of authors who were blacklisted as a result of the McCarthy investigations. What effect did this blacklisting have on her subsequent career?
Compare Hellman’s two published memoirs. To what extent is Pentimento an attempt to “finish” An Unfinished Woman? Does she succeed?