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--Anne Marie Candido in Arkansas Historical Quarterly
"Anyone interested in Hemingway's life between 1927 and 1940 should consult this book."
--The Hemingway Review, Fall 2012
"[A] significant contribution to setting the record straight"
--Publishers Weekly, April 2012
"Because Pauline was a private person and the only one of Hemingway's four wives to precede him in death, Ernest's self-serving account of their relationship and of the Pfeiffer family's influence on him has unfortunately been the primary source for Hemingway scholars. Hawkins's book is a welcome corrective."
--Norman E. Stafford in Arkansas Review, 2012
"A riveting portrait of a marriage, and a fascinating biography of Pauline Pfeiffer, the most intriguing--and most misunderstood--of the Hemingway wives. This compelling story about the Hemingway/Pfeiffer relationship significantly enriches our understanding of this complicated man, and, along the way, introduces us to a new heroine in the Hemingway saga."
--Mary Dearborn, author of Mailer: A Biography
"Ruth Hawkins has written a marvelous book and a major account of the most productive period of Hemingway's life. Hawkins weaves Ernest's marriage to Pauline into an absorbing story that breaks new ground and reveals the importance of Hemingway's relationship to the entire Pfeiffer family. This book has clearly earned a place on the shelf with the other major Hemingway biographies."
--Carl Eby, author of Hemingway's Fetishism
"No one in America knows more about the Pfeiffer family and the crucial Hemingway-Pfeiffer marriage than Ruth A. Hawkins. The book she offers represents years of close scholarship and is told with respect, literary grace, and blunt honesty. In many ways, this is a revisionist work on the Hemingway myth. I found myself learning something new on almost every page."
--Paul Hendrickson, author of Hemingway's Boat
"Hemingway's other wives spoke, but Pauline didn't, making her the least understood of the four women. She never stopped loving Ernest, and the reverse is also true. Hawkins's book, particularly the closing, tells Pauline's story--and stuns."
--John Fenstermaker, Hemingway scholar
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
Chapter 2 The Pfeiffers 7
Chapter 3 Pauline 18
Chapter 4 Ernest 29
Chapter 5 Three's a Crowd (1925-1926) 41
Chapter 6 The One Hundred Days (1926) 56
Chapter 7 Wedding Plans (1927) 68
Chapter 8 The Newlyweds (1927-1928) 78
Chapter 9 Homeward Bound (1928) 89
Chapter 10 Family Matters (1928-1929) 100
Chapter 11 Return to Paris (1929) 110
Chapter 12 A Place to Call Home (1930-1931) 120
Chapter 13 Chaos Abounds (1931-1932) 134
Chapter 14 In Good Times and Bad (1933) 149
Chapter 15 On Safari (1933-1934) 161
Chapter 16 More New Places (1935) 174
Chapter 17 More New Faces (1936) 184
Chapter 18 Trouble Ahead (1937) 195
Chapter 19 The Marriage Unravels (1938) 206
Chapter 20 The End of Something (1939) 215
Chapter 21 Acrimony and Alimony (1940-1941) 224
Chapter 22 War on the Home Front (1942-1945) 236
Chapter 23 New Beginnings (1946-1948) 248
Chapter 24 Last Rites (1949-1951) 260
Chapter 25 Afterward 273