Born in St. Louis in 1908, Gellhorn distinguished herself as a journalist and war correspondent, as well as a short story writer and novelist. Her journalistic career spans from the late 1920's, through the Spanish Civil War, World War II, Vietnam, conflict in the Middle East and Central America. The last war front she covered was Panama when she was well into her 80s. Her most recent journalism was filed only a few years ago from Brazil and Oman.
fiction span the decades, too, with numerous short stories and novels.
Her most profound work is The Wine of Astonishment/Point of No Return.
Published just after World War II, it is a poignant story, vivid in detail.
An Unscathed Tourist of Wars
I began my academic career
with this paper on Martha Gellhorn. I decided that even though it
wasn't the best or most recent work I've done, it is the best brief overview
of her career.
Martha Gellhorn and the Human Legacy of War
This is the most recent
work I've done on Gellhorn. It was written for a panel on Gellhorn
at the Seina College World War II conference in 1995 in Loudonville, NY.
It deals primarily with her career during World War II.
I had a difficult time getting this one formatted, and apologize for any
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