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Martha Gellhorn : A Life - Caroline Moorehead

Martha Gellhorn

A Life

Paperback Published: 3rd June 2004
ISBN: 9780099284017
Number Of Pages: 560

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This is a magnificent new biography of Martha Gellhorn, whose fearless reporting from the front made her a legen, and whose private life was often messy and volcanic. Ernes Hemingway sent her a telegram- 'Are you a war correspondent or my wife in bed?" She shook herself free of him, and chose to go adventuring. artha Gellhorn's journalism tracks many of the flashpoints of the twentieth centruy. As a young woman, she was a witness of the suffering in America caused by the Depression. She risked her life in the Spanish Civil War, which was the subject of some of her finest writing. During the Second World War she covered the fall of Czechoslovakia and the Normandy Landings, the liberation of Dachau and the Nuremberg Trials. She reported from Vietnam and Israel; and at the age of 81 was covering the US invasion of Panama. All her life, Martha fought against injustice, and she always looked for the human story. She was influenced by two older women- her mother, who was a social reformer, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Her books of reporting and travel reflected her personality and her courage, her novels her shrewd and ironic eye; both were often very funny. Martha's letters (many of which

Industry Reviews

"Gellhorn is a superb subject for biography. Caroline Moorehead has seized the opportunity with an elan that her subject would have admired. The result is an adventure story which, true to the genre, has moments of both triumph and tragedy" * Independent on Sunday *
"As one would expect from a writer of Caroline Moorehead's diligence and acuity, this is an extremely thorough, colourful and pacy biography" * Sunday Telegraph *
"An enthralling biography - with an unflinching honesty Martha would have approved of" * Daily Mail *
"Superbly crafted, engaging and engaged... Martha Gellhorn leaps off the page-marvellous" * Literary Review *
"Not often does a biography make you against the odds fall headlong for its heroine...but Caroline Moorehead's exemplary and exciting account of the Hemingway wife who reported the war like it was sweeps you incisively into a broad-based history of the last century through the eyes of two women, author and subject, each as brilliant as the other but sharply differing in temperament" -- David Hughes * Spectator *

ISBN: 9780099284017
ISBN-10: 0099284014
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 3rd June 2004
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1