A Wayward Quest: The Autobiography of Theresa Helburn

A Wayward Quest: The Autobiography of Theresa Helburn

A Wayward Quest: The Autobiography of Theresa Helburn

A Wayward Quest: The Autobiography of Theresa Helburn

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When the publisher first asked me to write my autobiography I was frankly appalled. It seemed to me that no one, however agonizingly honest he might attempt to be, could recapture the stuff of his own life.

But once I decided that I could not do such a book, I began perversely to try anyway. I've always been irresistibly challenged by whatever I felt was beyond my capabilities. Anyhow, I wanted to get the record straight in my own eyes. I became an author in search of her own character. Some of it seems new even to me, for only in retrospect have I seen clearly why I did the things I did, why I succeeded and why I failed.

I have not tried to strip bare my heart. Overly personal revelations in others either embarrass or bore me; the confessional belongs to the vanishing domain of privacy.

I have not attempted to write a detailed history of the Theatre Guild. Lawrence Langner has covered much of our work together in his autobiography, The Magic Curtain, and . . .

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