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The Children's Hour, Act 1, Excerpt 1 | History Matters: Celebrating Women's Plays of the Past

The Children's Hour
The Children's Hour, Act 1, Excerpt 1

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About the Playwright

Lillian Hellman
Lillian Hellman
Lillian Hellman (1905-1984) ranks among the most famous and controversial of American playwrights. She never shied away from provocative, social justice-based themes. Her first play, The Children’s Hour (1934), about two owners of a girls’ school accused of having a lesbian affair, was considered so shocking that some members of the Pulitzer Prize committee refused to see it, costing it a nomination. Toys in the Attic (1960) featured two eccentric Southern sisters whose potential was never value…
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Portland State University
Sheila Confer
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
George Contini
University of Georgia
Carla Corona
Antelope Valley College
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Purdue University
Carolyn Grimstead
Long Island University, Post
Victor Holtcamp
Tulane University
Alma Martinez
University of La Verne
Jennie Pardoe
University of Missouri
Jennifer Popple
Augustana College
Tara Brooke Watkins
Eastern Nazarene College
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