Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Eight famous literary love affairs

Jessica Ferri is a writer at work on her first book.

She named eight great literary affairs for The Daily Beast. One couple on her list:
Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn

Martha Gellhorn was an accomplished war journalist who reported on every major conflict that occurred during her adult life. Her memoir, Travels With Myself and Another, recounts her incredible adventures. She met Ernest Hemingway in 1936 and they traveled to Spain to cover the Spanish American War. He supposedly fell for her after she displayed great courage in dodging an exploding shell. During their four years together, Gellhorn continued to travel all over the world for her job, prompting Hemingway to write, "Are you a war correspondent, or a wife in my bed?" She dumped him shortly after returning from wartime England. Later, Gellhorn would say she never had any intention of "being a footnote in someone else's life," and insisted that Hemingway's name not be mentioned during interviews.
Read about another affair on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue