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The Paris Review has posted an archived 1965 interview with playwright Lillian Hellman on its website. Talking about violence onstage, communism, and whoring to Hollywood, Hellman is delightfully snarky and memorably insightful.


You can download a PDF of the interview at the Paris Review's website.


 


Here is an excerpt:


INTERVIEWER Did that period [of McCarthyism]—and its effect on people—appeal to you as a subject?

HELLMAN I’ve never known how to do it. It was really a clownish period. It was full of clowns talking their heads off, apologizing, inventing sins to apologize for. And other clowns, liberals, who just took to the bills. Ugly clowning is a hard thing to write about. Few people acted large enough for drama and not pleasant enough for comedy.


(Above image: a manuscript page from Hellman's The Little Foxes which appeared alongside the interview)

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