An Unfinished Woman

An Unfinished Woman


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ISBN-13: 9780316352857
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/07/1999
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 344,955
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)

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I do regret that I have spent too much of my life trying to find what I called "truth," trying to find what I called "sense." I never knew what I meant by truth, never made the sense I hoped for. All I mean is that I left too much of me unfinished because I wasted too much time. However.

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Unfinished Woman 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is an interesting look at the more private life of iconic playwright Lillian Hellman. She doesn't explain her writing process per se, but rather discusses the people she meets and the places she goes. It's a great read not only for learning about Hellman but also for learning more about the cultural milieu of the times. The only downside was sometimes she mentioned names or events in her life as if the reader should automatically know what she was talking about (i.e., she refers often to "Dash" with no explanation. I already knew that she was romantically involved with writer Dashiell Hammett, but any uninitiated reader wouldn't know that's who she is referring to or how they got involved in the first place). I get the feeling that perhaps she wrote another memoir first that explained more about her early life and would shed light on these parts of this book. Still, overall, this is a book worth reading, especially if you have any interest in the time period.
cpprpnny770 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
interesting autobio of the playwrite/author including her relationship with and death of Dorothy Parker, her long romance with and death of Daschiel Hammet, author of the Thin Man series, and being black-balled in McCarthy era Hollywood.
whitewavedarling on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This memoir was a wonderful introduction to the person Hellman after I'd only recently discovered her plays. It's a fast read, and what's given feels real, and is delivered in such a straightforward and ironic fashion that a reader can't help but be entertained and driven to the end of the book. Strongly recommended.