What follows is an excerpt from my forthcoming biography, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, to be published next year. I have settled on that title because I once asked her if she was embarrassed about having been married so many times.I said, “Doesn’t it bother you? That your husbands have become such a headline story, so often mentioned, that they have nearly eclipsed your work and yourself? That all anyone talks about when they talk about you are the seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo?” And her answer was quintessential Evelyn. “No,” she told me. “Because they are just husbands. I am Evelyn Hugo. And anyway, I think once people know the truth, they will be much more interested in my wife.”
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