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Author Ackerman, Alan L. (Alan Louis)

Title Just words : Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and the failure of public conversation in America / Alan Ackerman
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 361 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Libel and life-writing -- Language lessons -- Words of love -- Choice words and political dramas -- Criticism versus libel -- Conclusion
Summary In an appearance on The Dick Cavett Show in 1980, the critic Mary McCarthy glibly remarked that every word author Lillian Hellman wrote was a lie, "including 'and' and 'the.'" Hellman immediately filed a libel suit, charging that McCarthy's comment was not a legitimate conversation on public issues but an attack on her reputation. This intriguing book offers a many-faceted examination of Hellman's infamous suit and explores what it tells us about tensions between privacy and self-expression, freedom and restraint in public language, and what can and cannot be said in public in America
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
McCarthy, Mary, 1912-1989 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Dick Cavett show (Television program)
Freedom of speech -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Libel and slander -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Politics and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Television talk shows -- Political aspects -- United States.
Trials (Libel) -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Trials, litigation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300171803 (electronic bk.)
9780300171808 (electronic bk.)