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Yours, for Probably Always: Martha Gellhorn's Letters of Love and War 1930-1949

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(starred review) Somerville makes an impressive book debut with a life of novelist, journalist, and intrepid war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (1908-1998), told through a captivating selection of her letters to friends, family, husbands, and lovers. The volume is enriched by Somerville's biographical narrative and her decision to include responses of many recipients and, ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published September 27th 2019 by Firefly Books
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Literary Soirée
Martha Gellhorn is most famously known as Hemingway’s third wife. But she was a pioneer war correspondent — the only woman to land at Normandy on D-Day and among the first to report from Dachau after its liberation by US troops.

Yours, for Probably Always, is a superb collection of her letters, with insightful background by author Janet Somerville.

Gellhorn corresponded with the best and brightest of the day, including close friend Eleanor Roosevelt, with a huge number of their letters included.
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Samantha
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting collection of Martha Gellhorn’s correspondence, interspersed with biographical detail for context.

For the most part, this is a worthy selection of correspondence that provides greater insight into Gellhorn’s life as seen through her own eyes and those of her correspondents.

This is a denser read than most compilations of personal letters, and that’s a good thing. This is partially due to the substance, tone, and beautiful writing that mark out Gellhorn’s missives as different
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Bob H
This is a candid, vibrant encounter with a warm, intelligent and remarkable personality. This is Martha Gellhorn, through her correspondence with her friends and lovers but speaking to us now, as she lives through some of the most turbulent times and scenes of the mid-20th Century. A pioneer in many ways, she reported on, wrote about, lived through the Depression, the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War and continued reporting through the Vietnam era, although this book mainly spans the ...more
Brock
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an engrossing and deeply enjoyable book. I knew very little about Martha Gellhorn before reading this, but have become a strong admirer of this intelligent, engaging, vibrant woman. Through her letters to friends, lovers, and colleagues we not only discover her character and learn about her passion for documenting the world as truthfully as she could, but also how connected she was to some of the most important events and influential people of the 20th century. Also, it is almost ...more
Kat Ayres
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, when I requested this book, I knew little to nothing about Martha Gellhorn. What I found was a total badass. She was such a fantastic representative of early-ish feminine independence and strength. She paved a way for modern feminists to really live boldly. I was really inspired reading her correspondence and learning about her life, and I can’t wait to live my life a little more boldly. I’d like to think if we had been born in the same time and ran in the same circles, we would ...more
Susan
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I devoured every page. If you didn’t love Martha Gellhorn before, you will after reading this book.
Kate
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bio
I love this book. With that said, I doubt everyone will love this book, so let me tell you about it.

Martha Gellhorn was a noted war journalist and writer who wrote about the Spanish Civil War, the invasion of Prague, and many campaigns during WWII. She continued reporting on wars zone up the Vietnam era. She was a passionate person who could not bear injustice, and hence was constantly emotionally wrecked by each new atrocity. She is also a marvellously descriptive writer, both of emotion and
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Schmimmerock
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
If there are only two things I have in common with Ernest Hemingway, it's that I hate Ernest Hemingway, and I love Martha Gellhorn. It's really a shame that so many people only know her as Hemingway's wife, because that's a massive disservice to Martha Gellhorn the writer, Martha Gellhorn the traveller, Martha Gellhorn the journalist and war correspondent.

What a seriously cool lady, you guys.

I appreciated the contextual bits amongst the letters. As with any collection of letters, there are
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Susanne
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Thank you to Firefly Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Martha Gellhorn is a fascinating figure, and this compilation of her correspondence gives us a bit of insight into her personal life. What she is most famous for, i.e. being Ernest Hemingway's third wife, and being one of the first female war correspondents, doesn't merit much attention here. Instead, there is quite a lot of material on her relationship to her parents, and to Eleanor Roosevelt. However, much of
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Sara
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Martha Gellhorn lead an amazing life travelling the world as a war correspondent, journalist and author. This book chronicles her life through the letters she wrote and many that she received. Sommerville uses just the right amount of narration between the letters to keep the book on track and to set the scene. I found this to be a long book, but worth it. Through her letters, you can see Gellhorn’s passion for travel, people and writing about the important events of the day. Yes, she was ...more
Karenna
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: collectible, signed
Fascinating to read the correspondence of an extraordinary woman during extraordinary times. Somerville does a great job summarizing the essential events in Gellhorn’s life as well as curating the letters so that you finish the book with a real sense of Gellhorn and her era. I also appreciated that Somerville included one of Gellhorn’s short stories. It really provided me with a sense of Gellhorn’s literary style and talent. Finally, Firefly did a wonderful job of producing the book. Its beauty ...more
Lynda Lippin
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Journalist Martha Gellhorn tried to control her entire life, even when she couldn't. She was married to Ernest Hemingway, embedded with troops in WWII, and visited Dachau right after the liberation. These years of correspondence are not all so interesting, but in total tell a great story of a fascinating woman.
Doris Raines
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I LIKE THIS BOOK.
Jean Heys
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating window with meticulous detail into the life of Martha Gellhorn and her contemporaries. A book to savour and return to again and again.
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