Books: Memories

MAYBE by Lillian Hellman

Little, Brown; 106 pages; $7.95

This slim book calls itself a story and reads like a fourth installment of Playwright Lillian Hellman's memoirs. In the latter guise, it is not a sequel but a haunting. Its 92 pages of actual text skip glancingly over the life already set forth in An Unfinished Woman (1969), Pentimento (1973) and Scoundrel Time (1976). This time, though, Hellman seems less interested in setting her record straight than in wondering whether such a task is possible at all. She writes: "So much of what you...

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