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

“A bittersweetmodern love story [that] reads as easily as a novel.” —Vogue

Hemingway’screative influences for novels like The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell toArms, and The Old Man and the Sea came not only from his famoushunting trips, his liaisons in Cuba, or his relationships with Gertrude Stein,F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce and other Lost Generation writers. DuringHemingway’s period of greatest literary foment, his most seminal relationshipwas with Hadley Richardson, his first wife. In Paris Without End,acclaimed author Gioia Diliberto,biographer of Jane Addams and Brenda Frazier, delivers a gripping, novelisticexploration of Hadley’s personality and her role in Hemingway’s life, finally unclouding our view of Hemingway’s relationship with theone woman he never stopped loving.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062108838
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 243,287
File size: 10 MB

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. 13 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.
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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.