Ring Lardner, Jr., the author of the second most famous refusal to name names (behind Lillian Hellman’s line about her conscience) and the longest-surviving member of the Hollywood Ten saw this invaluable memoir, I’d Hate Myself in the Morning, published weeks before he died on Oct. 31 at 85. Lardner chronicles not only his experiences as a political prisoner in America — he served a one-year sentence for not answering questions about Communist activities in Hollywood — but as a two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter (for 1942’s Woman of the Year and 1970’s M*A*S*H) and friend of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Otto Preminger. Lardner’s tales of writing, drinking, and working within the studio system bravely illuminate the realities of the movie business before and after the blacklist without a moment of self-pity or righteous indignation. A
Posted December 15 2000 — 12:00 AM EST
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