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Interesting words - On Lillian Hellman
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"Stricken first by blindness, and then -- chain-smoking to the end -- by emphysema, heart attacks, paralysis, a stroke, and the loss of her dearest friend and close companion Hannah Weinstein, Lillian Hellman was dying for over four years, fighting death with mounting rage and determination. Her friends watched her grow frailer and feebler from month to month, fearing that each would be her last; yet every June she returned to Martha's Vineyard after a winter of illness to hold a joint birthday party with John Hersey and Kingman Brewster, even though she had to be carried into the house, placed in a chair, and fed her food. Two years ago her pacemaker popped out of her chest -- by this time her skin had become like papier-mache--but before it could be replaced she had to have carotid arteries operated on in her throat. She was now anorexic and nearly died from malnutrition, a bedridden Job imprisoned inside a broken bag of bones, yet a day before the operation she insisted on putting on some makeup, leaving the hospital, and cooking two geese for a friend's dinner in Boston."
Robert Brustein on Lillian Hellman

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