Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway's First Wife

Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway's First Wife

by Gioia Diliberto


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ISBN-13: 9780062108821
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 440,374
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gioia Diliberto is a journalist, biographer, and novelist. She is the author of the biographies Paris without End: The True Story of Hemingway's First Wife, A Useful Woman: The Early Life of Jane Addams, and Debutante: The Story of Brenda Frazier and the novels I Am Madame X and The Collection. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian, and Vanity Fair, and she is a visiting lecturer in writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design and DePaul University. She lives in Chicago.


Chicago, Illinois

Date of Birth:

June 7, 1950

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.


B.A., DePauw University, 1972; M.A., University of Maryland, 1974

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Paris Without End 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
CatieScarlette More than 1 year ago
I actually loved this book more than I liked "The Paris Wife" - it was told with such heart and empathy for both Hadley and Earnest. The prose, while non-fiction, reads like a love story, which it is. The attention to detail and the extensive research put you right in Paris in the 20s, and moved you forward in time as the story progressed. I couldn't put it down, even though I knew the endings to their stories!
juleecm1 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much. Great insight into the patterns that shaped Hemingway's later life and legend. I only knew him as "Papa", and the overbearing, macho legend his name has come to embody. However, he was quite different when he was young, sensitive and caring, and while he was married to his first wife, Hadley, he became a writer who burst into the literary world with his own, unique style, fueled in great part by Hadley. She was extremely interesting as a woman at the beginning of the 20th century, and Hemingway helped her to discover her real life. She was older than he, and far less passive than she has been portrayed in earlier works. She seems to have been the catalyst for all his idealized heroines, and brought out the best in him, at least in the first years of their marriage. The way he treated her in the end of their marriage certainly sets up the pattern for the rest of his life. That Hadley went on to have a fulfilling and peaceful life was interesting, since Hemingway's life became more chaotic and in the end very sad (suicide). There is quite a bit of detail about their son, Jack's, early life (from infanthood to about 7 years). Hemingway seems to have been and hands-on and doting father. The focus on Hemingway's early 20's was engrossing, because much of it is very different from how I had perceived Hemingway, and Hadley shines as a very grounded, kind person who was swept along (in many ways) by his charm and youthful enthusiasm. That she was his prototype is unquestionable. That she grounded him and gave him truthful feedback that led to his unique style is highlighted. The author evokes Paris so vividly that I could actually "see" their apartment in my mind. Engrossing. I hated to put it down and wished there had been much more detail about Hadley's life after the divorce, instead of the more broadly sweeping description supplied. Surely another book could be written about her later years! I look forward to reading anything else by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read "The Paris Wife," then searched for another book to learn the whole story of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, Hadley. The book appears to be very well researched and very detailed, revealing a very interesting slice of life. Americans living in Paris, partying with famous names, life in the 1920's, true love, cheating spouses - never a dull moment. I love biographies, and this one was a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After enjoying "A Paris Wife", this book tells the story in more details. It is sure to create further interest in Hemingway and his work. If you enjoy this period in history you are sure to find other subjects of interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down
Peter_from_Palo_Alto More than 1 year ago
Dilberto's book gives a thorough account of Earnest Hemingway's early life by providing a vivid description of the life of Hemingway's first wife. It adds a rich psychological dimension to Hemingway that other biographers (mostly men) seem to have missed. Drawing upon audio-taped interviews of Hadley from the early 70s and quoting extensively from letters between Earnest and Hadley, we get a deep understanding for how the Hemingways lived (and mostly thrived) in Paris. By describing the relationship between Earnest and Hadley, Dilberto helps us understand Hemingway's complicated motivations and the seeds for behaviors that would eventually destroy him. Upon finishing _Paris Without End_, I felt compelled to re-read _A Moveable Feast_, which, with my newfound understanding of young Earnest's days in Paris, made Earnest's account of the same period seem much less nuanced. Don't get me wrong - AMF is still a great book, but once you know some of the details of Hemingway's life from that period, you wish for Earnest to spend less time talking about alcoholic beverages and interactions with important people, and more time describing his relationship to Hadley, which, I learned from reading _Paris Without End_, was one of the best things to ever happen to Hemingway the person and Hemingway the writer.
GarySeverance on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Gioia DiLiberto's biography of Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway's first wife, is a wonderful narrative of the Nobel Prize winner's muse. It is well-documented with 40 pages of notes detailing specific citations of information, many of them from primary sources. A 14 page index provides locations devoted to all the major figures in the enduring love story. There is an "conversation" with the author and a reader's guide is provided.Hadley and the younger Ernest were high energy young adults when they were married, each influenced for a lifetime by their Midwestern family upbringing. Both enjoyed outdoor activities (hiking) and sports (skiing). They also developed habits of drinking, and smoking in Hadley's case, that increased as they went from economic hardship to affluence. Hadley was a drinking partner for Ernest during their 5 years of marriage, and this contributed to the novelty and fun of moving from the US to living in Europe. Both were able to party every night and still get up in the morning full of energy and enthusiasm. Ernest had a focal point of writing and Hadley supported this without a meaningful one of her own.I found in Paris Without End that there were positive factors in the intense relationship between Hadley and Ernest that support the idea that Hadley was a muse for him. These positives became overshadowed by negatives as the marriage began to unravel. First, dependence on alcohol was a major influence on the marriage and Ernest's writing. This can be observed in the nostalgia concerning the relationship Ernest described so eloquently in A Moveable Feast. In addition to short stories written during the cafe life Paris years, The Sun Also Rises was completed during the early years of the marriage. It is a novel focusing on partying and complicated relationships of expatriate friends mirroring Hadley and Ernest's activities. The young couple definitely lived the high life with little money required in Paris, fueled by alcohol. The problem with this is that drinking took its destructive toll even though the two were remarkably resilient.A second positive is that Hadley was a good sport. She went along with Ernest's desire for traveling and his efforts to meet as many writers and artists as possible. A common misinterpretation is that Hadley was a drag on Ernest's hypomanic interests. The truth is just the opposite. She participated in the Hemingway's constant movement and interaction even though she was marginalized by the artistic crowd because she did not have a creative focal point of her own. Oddly enough, Hadley was a very good piano player, an artist in her own right, who appeared to have stage fright. She could practice for hours but then backed out of concerts when it came time to perform.A third positive that backs the idea that Hadley was a muse was her support for Ernest's writing. Even though his style was ground-breaking and changed the direction of literature, it was not well-received at first. His early short stories were rejected many times. Hadley read all of his work and suggested that he write in a straight-forward minimalist style cutting out the embellishments of contemporary writers. This was very helpful to Ernest's persistence in establishing his unique approach to story telling. An unexpected problem in this area had a major influence in the decline of their relationship. Ernest earned money during the rejection period by working as a correspondent for US newspapers. On one assignment when the couple were separated, Ernest asked Hadley to join him on location. Hadley gathered up all of Ernest's work in progress (including the carbon copies) and took a train from Paris to meet him. The bag containing the manuscripts was stolen, and almost all of the work was lost. Ernest forgave Hadley, but the lack of trust in her seemed to decrease Ernest's love for her in a permanent way.The last positive was Hadley's pregnancy, a great surprise for both of them, even though they were aware of a
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randir More than 1 year ago
Somewhat well researched, but the past participles drove me nuts after the first few pages.