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November 23, 2014 9:14 AM   Subscribe

"Martha Gellhorn’s pen pals included Eleanor Roosevelt, Maxwell Perkins, H.G. Wells, her husband (later, ex-) Ernest Hemingway, and Peggy Schutze, my maternal grandmother." Author Amy Shearn shares some of the letters her grandmother received from legendary war correspondent Martha Gellhorn with the hope that, "if I studied Martha, the writer who wanted to be a mother, and Peggy, the mother who wanted to be a writer, some golden mean would eventually present itself."
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI (5 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Gellhorn is the greatest.
posted by The Whelk at 11:06 AM on November 23, 2014 [4 favorites]

Gosh, Gellhorn's terrific. Her biography has been sitting on my shelf for ages. I think this is the motivation I needed to finally pick it up.
posted by libraritarian at 11:13 AM on November 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

One of my favorite books: Travels with Myself and Another.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 12:18 PM on November 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

Another Martha Gellhorn fan here. Thanks for the post!
posted by languagehat at 2:22 PM on November 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

That was a wonderful article. Thanks for posting it. You gotta love that last line: 'The point is to be alive'.
posted by McMillan's Other Wife at 6:40 PM on November 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

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