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Selected Letters by Martha Gellhorn
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Jul 14, 2007

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Martha Gellhorn is my personal hero. She had glamorous lovers, an illustrious career in journalism, good taste, and the courage to live a life worth writing about. It is the later achievement I most admire. She took risks and was willing to live with the outcomes.

All this is ascertained from her beautifully written letters. Martha wrote so many and wrote them well. If written candidly and with style, letters are the best format for delivering the inner workings of complex people and Martha was certainly that - complex. Her values conflicted, as did her activities, yet she managed to grow and gain insight while living fabulously.

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