Paris Without End: Hemingway's first wife has Chicago roots

July 5, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library and Presidential Museum
The realtionship between Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson, is explored in Gioia Dilberto's new book.

Gioia Diliberto’s book Hadley, about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife Hadley Richardson, was first published in 1992.  The book is being re-released this fall under the new title, Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway's First Wife. The author joined Eight Forty-Eight to discuss her book, Richardson and Hemingway's marriage and their Chicago roots.


Diliberto explains why this book still resonates nearly twenty years after it was first published, and what warrants its reissuing.

Hemingway as a hopeless romantic.

More on the early years of Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway’s life together.  Plus, Richardson’s letters to Hemingway, and tape recordings in which she talks about their past.

web Hemingway 03--early years & letters & tapes.mp3

More on Hemingway’s affair with Pauline Pfeiffer, the woman who eventually became his second wife.

The toll the divorce took on both Richardson and Hemingway.  Plus, Richardson’s husband after Hemingway.

web Hemingway 05--divorce fallout & new marriage.mp3