Sometime around the year 1949, the eminent war correspondent and novelist Martha Gellhorn wrote the above letter from her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico to an Episcopalian clergyman’s wife living in the small town of Alma, Michigan.HBO recently produced Hemingway and Gellhorn, starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen. The WSWS has a review, calling it a 'missed opportunity.' Gellhorn's play Love Goes to Press, set in Italy in 1944, is in a revival on Broadway
Both women were devoted writers of vivid missives. Gellhorn’s pen pals included Eleanor Roosevelt, the editor Maxwell Perkins, H.G. Wells, her husband (later, ex-) Ernest Hemingway, and other luminaries. The housewife whom she was addressing, Peggy Schutze, nee Harvey, a native Kansan of pioneer stock, wrote mostly to her mother and sister. They came to know one another because Peggy (a.k.a. Nani Peg, my maternal grandmother) was a member of the St Louis League of Women Voters, which was run by Martha’s mother Edna. Both Martha and Peggy were imaginatively terrible cooks and tore through stacks of paperback thrillers like addicts, but other than that they seemed to have little in common.
« Older Tim Anderson creates pulp novel covers for well-lo... | Have food pouches become the m... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments