Sunday, June 20, 2010

She was just being prejudiced

Lillian Hellman, American playwright (The Little Foxes, The Children's Hour), accused left-winger, and girlfriend of writer Dashiell Hammett (she was the inspiration for his Nora Charles in the Thin Man series), was born today in 1925. She died June 30, 1984.

She was also, perhaps, one of the only authors with five L's in her name.

"Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber," Hellman wrote, "believes in an unprejudiced point of view."

Judge Livingstone, I presume.” This had been a running gag with Sully for thirty-plus years now, ever since he’d known George Livingstone. As a federal judge, George had been famous a decade or so before for overturning half a dozen death penalty convictions, every one that came before him. He’d finally retired, he said because he was sick and tired of not being able to go for a drink without “some sumbitch either calling me a nigger-lover or congratulating me on my principles. I don’t know what’s worse.” -- Chapter 12, The Misforgotten.

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