Books: An Unfinished Woman

SCOUNDREL TIME by LILLIAN HELLMAN

Introduction by GARRY WILLS

155 pages. Little, Brown. $7.95.

When she was subpoenaed in 1952 to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Playwright Lillian Hellman made a firm decision. She would tell committee members whatever they wished to hear about her own political views and activities, but she would not discuss the real or imagined subversions of anyone else. In a letter to HUAC Chairman John S. Wood 1 she declared: "I am not willing, now or in the future, to bring bad trouble to people who, in...

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