On Gellhorn and Hemingway's Volatile Marriage

Martha Gellhorn was surprised, at first, by the pleasure she got from becoming Mrs. Hemingway. The wedding had taken place on November 21, 1940—a modest event, held in the dining room of the Union Pacific Railroad at Cheyenne—and afterwards she’d written confidently to Eleanor Roosevelt, “Ernest and I belong tightly together. We are a good pair.” She believed she had gone into the marriage with open eyes, that she had fully got the measure of her husband, and that marrying did not have to spell the end of her independence, nor her ability to live “simple and straight.”


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