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Beautiful Exile: The Life of Martha Gellhorn

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Martha Gellhorn died in 1998, just shy of her 90"th" birthday. Well before her death, she had become a legend. As a reporter, she covered wars from Spain in the 1930s to Panama in the 1980s, and her travel books became classics. She took three husbands, including Ernest Hemingway, as well as many lovers, and her innumerable friends included Presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Aurum Press
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Douglas Perry
Based on reader comments on various sites, Gellhorn fetishists really hate this book. Perhaps it's because, unlike Caroline Moorehead's bigger, more ambitious "Gellhorn" (which I haven't read), this biography of the celebrated war correspondent (and Ernest Hemingway's third wife) isn't written by an officially sanctioned fan. Perhaps it's because Rollyson attempts to detail Gellhorn's sexual trysts and dares to suggest that she sometimes slept with men to advance her career. Whatever the case, t ...more
Ed
Jul 19, 2009 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hemingway students
"Beautiful Exile" is the first Gellhorn biography I have ever come across, and I bought it to round out my knowledge of the author.

As a long-time collector and reader of Hemingway biographies, I was familiar with Martha Gellhorn's name and knew about her whirlwind romance with, brief marriage to, and acrimonous separation and divorce from him. His biographers consistently include scant details about her life outside their marriage, and I was curious. This book did not disappoint me.

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Mar 16, 2015 Marilou marked it as audiobooks-listened-to
I listened to the Audible version of this book. It was alright, but a bit too factual for my taste. Maybe I'm not a big fan of biographies.

I was curious about Martha Gellhorn because she seemed like a courageous and rebellious woman and I wanted to know everything she did. This book is interesting because it reveals her vulnerabilities. The author's goal seems to be to make people see another side of her. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more if I knew more about her before listening to this.
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Carl Rollyson, Professor of Journalism at Baruch College, The City University of New York, has published more than forty books ranging in subject matter from biographies of Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Hellman, Martha Gellhorn, Norman Mailer, Rebecca West, Susan Sontag, and Jill Craigie to studies of American culture, genealogy, children’s biography, film, and literary criticism. He has authored more t ...more
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