Search Results: "Lillian Corti"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRE OF ORIGINS by Emmanuel Dongala
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A great African novel. Not to be missed."
The history of a beleaguered African nation is encapsulated in this moving allegorical novel (originally published in French in 1987), by a Congolese author who now teaches at Bard College. Read full book review >

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LILLIAN HELLMAN by Dorothy Gallagher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Less a conventional biography than a critical appraisal of the subject's character, career and contradictions—not likely to add any luster to Hellman's tarnished reputation."
In her own memoirs, How I Came into My Inheritance (2001), Gallagher has shown herself to be an incisive, sharp-edged, darkly humorous writer, and these qualities help engage readers in a study of Lillian Hellman (1905-1984) that might otherwise seem mean-spirited. Read full book review >

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LILLIAN HELLMAN by Ruth Turk
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 10, 1995

"A welcome addition to an authoritative and lively collection of biographies. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction/biography. 9+)"
A thoughtful entry to the Lerner Biographies series, on the often controversial American playwright and memoirist. Read full book review >

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LILLIAN GISH by Charles Affron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Too detailed for casual Hollywood buffs, but a solid addition to any serious film history collection."
An anti-hagiography that seeks, while remaining respectful of its screen-legend subject, to rescue the "real" Lillian Gish from the myths perpetuated by her authorized biographers and her own public self-presentation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2005

"A rich, literate, compelling account with the spark of a Hellman play."
Out of the feuds, plays, movies and affairs of a complex life comes a sweeping, focused biography. Read full book review >

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LILLIAN ROXON by Robert Milliken
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2005

"A good enough introduction to Roxon, but much less interesting than she was."
Australian journalist Milliken resurrects the woman who shaped how Americans think about rock 'n' roll. Read full book review >

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THE SEASON OF LILLIAN DAWES by Katherine Mosby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Pretty sentences deliver a flimsy storyline and unbelievable characters."
An adolescent is obsessed with a mysterious, glamorous young woman in 1950s Manhattan. Read full book review >

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LILLIAN ON LIFE by Alison Jean Lester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A slim novel that feels just perfect—each thought measured, each syllable counted, a kind of haiku to an independent woman."
In a remarkably confident debut, a woman's life is revealed through fragments and meditations hinting at a life of great daring and unrealized dreams. Read full book review >

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LILLIAN AND DASH by Sam Toperoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2013

"Toperoff locates the private passions in an intense, public and ultimately tragic love story without indulging in glitz or melodrama."
A canny exploration of the long affair between writers Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) and Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), which endured alcoholism, war and McCarthyism. Read full book review >

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LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK by Kathleen Rooney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"There is plenty of charm and occasional poignance here even if the novel makes you long for a proper biography of the real woman who inspired it."
A poet and writer of clever, innovative ad copy, Margaret Fishback was admired in her time—the pre-Mad Men era—but is mostly forgotten now. Rooney (O, Democracy!, 2014, etc.) has written a lively, fictionalized version of Fishback's story, drawing on real milestones but imagining her subject's inner life. Read full book review >

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BOAT RIDE WITH LILLIAN TWO BLOSSOM by Patricia Polacco
Released: April 27, 1989

"An entertaining variation on familiar 'why' stories; a gracious tribute to rural Michigan a few decades ago."
An imaginative story that the author credits to her father. Read full book review >