The Children's Hour

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Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1953 - Drama - 75 pages
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This is a serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumour about the two women, the rumour soon turns into a scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but it is too late. Irreparable damage has been done.
  

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Strong and interesting characters lead a well crafted and interesting story. It's one of the best plays I've ever read. Read full review

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User Review  - Susan Bernhardt - Goodreads

A strong, intense, and sad play written eighty years ago depicting the evil consequences of a child's lie. A historical struggle of lesbianism in that era and perhaps even today. Well written and compelling. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
6
Section 2
7
Section 3
31
Section 4
54
Section 5
73
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About the author (1953)

Playwright Lillian Hellman was born in New Orleans on June 20, in 1905. After studying at New York and Columbia Universities, Hellman worked in publishing and as a book reviewer and play-reader. In 1934, Hellman had her first success as a playwright with The Children's Hour. In the play, Hellman mixed social, political, and moral issues along with more personal ones. Among some of Hellman's other successful plays are The Little Foxes, Watch on the Rhine, The Searching Wind, and Toys in the Attic. Hellman was also a screenwriter who wrote many film scripts and adapted the works of other authors for film and the stage. Hellman's memoirs include An Unfinished Woman and Pentimento. For more than 30 years Hellman had a relationship with "hard-boiled" detective writer Dashiell Hammett. She lived with him until his death in 1961, and shared his commitment to radical political causes. Hellman's appearance before Senator Joseph McCarthy's House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1952 resulted in her being blacklisted in Hollywood. Her book, Scoundrel Time, explores her experiences during the McCarthy era. Nearly blind and confined to a wheelchair, Lillian Hellman died of cardiac arrest in 1984.

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