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    Book Discussion on A Difficult Woman

    Alice Kessler-Harris recounts the life of playwright and political activist Lillian Hellman (1905-1984). She was the author of numerous politically and socially infused plays, including The Children’s Hour and Little Foxes. The author reports that Ms. Hellman was an unapologetic leftist who refused to supply names upon her testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee; she wrote to the Committee in 1952, “I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit the year’s fashion.” Alice Kessler-Harris responded to questions from members of the audience at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida.

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    Book Discussion on The Scarlet Sisters

    Myra MacPherson talked about her book, The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age, in which she recounts the lives of sisters, Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee “Tennie” Claflin, whose professional and political pursuits challenged the male-dominated status-quo of the late nineteenth century. The sisters were active in business, politics, and publishing. They the first women to open a brokerage firm in 1870, and with Frederick Douglass as her running mate, Victoria was the first woman to run for president. As publishers, they were the first female publishers of a weekly newspaper. Myra Macpherson spoke at Books and Books Bookstore in Coral Gables, Florida.