Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman and the NAACP

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Portrait photos of Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman.

Dorothy Parker, left, from a 1935 photo. Lillian Hellman, right, photographed in 1945. Hulton Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Writer Dorothy Parker gave her estate — including proceeds from her papers — to the NAACP. But literary executor Lillian Hellman made access to Parker's work difficult. Marion Meade tells the story in Bookforum Magazine, and discusses it with Scott Simon.



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