Just Words : Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and the Failure of Public Conversation in America Paperback / softback
In an appearance on The Dick Cavett Show in 1980, the critic Mary McCarthy glibly remarked that every word author Lillian Hellman wrote was a lie, "including 'and' and 'the.'" Hellman immediately filed a libel suit, charging that McCarthy's comment was not a legitimate conversation on public issues but an attack on her reputation.
This intriguing book offers a many-faceted examination of Hellman's infamous suit and explores what it tells us about tensions between privacy and self-expression, freedom and restraint in public language, and what can and cannot be said in public in America.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 376 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publication Date: 05/04/2013
- Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
- ISBN: 9780300191967
- Hardback from £43.65