Lillian Hellman

Lillian Hellman was an American playwright and screenwriter known for her success on Broadway, as well as her left-wing sympathies and political activism. She was a prominent figure in the literary and theatrical world during the mid-20th century.


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  1. 1. Toys In The Attic

    "Toys in the Attic" is a dramatic play that delves into the complexities of family dynamics and the corrosive power of greed and secrets. Set in early 20th-century New Orleans, it follows the Berniers sisters, whose lives are upended when their younger brother returns home with his new, wealthy wife. The sudden influx of wealth exposes hidden jealousies, suppressed desires, and societal pressures that threaten to unravel the fabric of the family. As the characters confront their personal demons and the consequences of their choices, the play examines themes of moral decay, the illusion of genteel Southern society, and the destructive nature of lies and deceit.

    The 3481st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Little Foxes

    The play is a riveting Southern Gothic tale that delves into the greed and deceit within the Hubbard family in the Deep South at the turn of the 20th century. As the family members scheme and manipulate each other to gain control of a lucrative cotton mill venture, the narrative exposes the moral decay festering beneath their quest for wealth. Central to the story is a strong-willed and manipulative matriarch who will stop at nothing to secure her financial future, even at the expense of her own family's happiness and well-being. The play's exploration of themes such as ambition, betrayal, and the corrosive effects of greed makes it a powerful and enduring piece of American drama.

    The 6119th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Children's Hour

    The play revolves around the lives of two women who run an all-girls boarding school. Their peaceful and successful life is shattered when a malicious student starts an unfounded rumor that the two women are engaged in a lesbian relationship. The lie quickly spreads, leading to public scandal, financial ruin, and a devastating court case for the women. The narrative delves into themes of lies, malice, the destructive power of gossip, and the tragic consequences that can arise from false accusations and societal prejudices.

    The 10377th Greatest Book of All Time