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The Cold War Romance of Lillian Hellman and John Melby
Author: Robert P. Newman

ISBN: 9780807865750
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 12 January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.9 x 2.2
Description:
Lillian Hellman's memoirs are as notable for what they omit as for what they reveal. In An Unfinished Woman (1969), she notes that, although she kept an extensive diary of her Moscow trip in the winter of 1944-45, "No where is there a record of ...how close I felt then and now to a State Department career man whose future, seven or eight years later, went down the drain for no reason except the brutal cowardice of his colleagues under the hammering of Joe McCarthy." The State Department career man is John Fremont Melby, principal author of the government's China White Paper of 1949. Hellman and Melby met in Russia, fell in love, talked often of marriage, and, during their separations over the next thirty years, wrote each other voluminously. When Hellman appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the famous confrontation of May 21, 1952, she was anxious to protect not the Hollywood leftists she had known but Melby and Averell Harriman, the former American ambassador to Russia under whose roof she began her affair with Melby. The Cold War Romance of Lillian Hellman and John Melby is the story of their affai...

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