Just words : Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and the failure of public conversation in America / Alan Ackerman.Material type: TextPublication details: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2011. Description: 1 online resource (xi, 361 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780300171808; 0300171803Subject(s): Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984 -- Trials, litigation, etc | McCarthy, Mary, 1912-1989 -- Trials, litigation, etc | Dick Cavett show (Television program) | Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984 | McCarthy, Mary, 1912-1989 | Dick Cavett show (Television program) | Trials (Libel) -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century | Television talk shows -- Political aspects -- United States | Libel and slander -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Freedom of speech -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Politics and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century | LAW -- Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Media Studies | Freedom of speech | Libel and slander | Politics and literature | Television talk shows -- Political aspects | Trials (Libel) | New York (State) -- New York | United States | Law | 1900-1999Genre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. | History. | Trials, litigation, etc. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Just words.DDC classification: 346.73/034 LOC classification: KF228.H45 | A25 2011ebOnline resources: Click here to access online
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- Libel and life-writing -- Language lessons -- Words of love -- Choice words and political dramas -- Criticism versus libel -- Conclusion.
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.
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