The Hemingway Bibliography


Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow: The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage

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Hawkins, Ruth A. Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow: The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2012.


Detailed biography of Hemingway’s second marriage to Pauline Pfeiffer, covering their initial 1925 Paris meeting through their deaths. Seeks to straighten out the slanted record presented by Hemingway; focuses on the Pfeiffer family’s significant moral and financial support during one of the most productive periods in the author’s career. Hawkins chronicles Pauline’s devotion to filling Hemingway’s every need as a man and a writer, often at the expense of their children. Includes commentary on her editorial guidance, particularly on The Sun Also Rises, as well as background on the intensely private Pfeiffer family, Pauline’s education, and Hemingway’s initial relationship with Pauline’s younger sister, Virginia. Includes a dozen black-and-white photographs, many of the Pfeiffer clan, along with extensive notes and bibliography.



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