December 23rd, 2012

Caroline Moorehead writes about journalist Martha Gellhorn’s relationship with Ernest Hemingway in The Telegraph

In real life, Gellhorn never talked about Hemingway. He was a taboo subject even among close friends. It was partly a question of manners and privacy, about which she felt passionately. But it was also a question of pride; a refusal to become, as she put it, “a footnote in someone else’s life”. Celebrity and all it entailed was abhorrent to her; to derive fame from a failed marriage to a man who thrived on it would have been demeaning. She was a reporter who wrote about injustice and the hard lives of ordinary people, and it was as such, and only as such, that she wished to be known.

Hemingway and Gellhorn: a pairing of flint and steel

Caroline Moorehead is the editor of the Selected Letters of Martha Gellhorn and author of Gellhorn: A Twentieth-Century Life.

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