Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow
The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage
By Ruth A. Hawkins
(University of Arkansas Press, Hardcover, 9781557289742, 391pp.)
Publication Date: June 2012
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Pauline was her husband's best editor and critic, and her wealthy family provided moral and financial support, including the conversion of an old barn to a dedicated writing studio at the family home in Piggott, Arkansas. The marriage lasted thirteen years, some of Hemingway's most productive, and the couple had two children. But the "unbelievable happiness" met with "final sorrow," as Hemingway wrote, and Pauline would be the second of Hemingway's four wives.
"Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow" paints a full picture of Pauline and the role she played in Ernest Hemingway's becoming one of our greatest literary figures.