Mary Welsh Hemingway

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Mary Welsh Hemingway
Ernest and Mary Hemingway on safari, 1953-54.jpg
Ernest and Mary Hemingway on Safari
Born (1908-04-05)April 5, 1908
Died November 26, 1986(1986-11-26) (aged 78)
Spouse(s) Lawrence Miller Cook
Noel Monks
Ernest Hemingway

Mary Welsh Hemingway (April 5, 1908 – November 26, 1986) was an American journalist and author, who was the fourth wife and widow of Ernest Hemingway.

Early life[edit]

Born in Walker, Minnesota, Welsh was a daughter of a lumberman. In 1938, she married Lawrence Miller Cook, a drama student from Ohio. Their life together was short and they soon separated. After the separation, Mary moved to Chicago and began working at the Chicago Daily News, where she met Will Lang Jr.. The two formed a fast friendship and worked together on several assignments. A career move presented itself during a vacation trip to London, when Mary started a new job at the London Daily Express. The position soon brought her assignments in Paris during the years preceding World War II.[1]

As a journalist covering World War II[edit]

After the fall of France in 1940, Welsh returned to London as a base to cover the events of the War. She also attended and reported on the press conferences of Winston Churchill. Mary made accusations [clarification needed] of plagiarism against several fellow journalists, including Andy Rooney, although the accusations were proven false. Also during the war years, she married Australian journalist Noel Monks.[1]

Marriage to Ernest Hemingway[edit]

Hemingway on his boat, Pilar, off the coast of Cuba in 1950.

In 1944, Welsh met American author Ernest Hemingway while covering the war in London, and they became intimate. In 1945, she divorced Noel Monks, and in March 1946, she married Hemingway in a ceremony in Cuba. In August 1946, Welsh had a miscarriage due to an ectopic pregnancy.

After their marriage, Mary lived with Hemingway in Cuba for many years and, after 1959, in Ketchum, Idaho.

Later life[edit]

Following Hemingway's suicide in 1961, Mary acted as his literary executor, and was responsible for the publication of A Moveable Feast, Islands in the Stream, The Garden of Eden, and other posthumous works. She gave the manuscript of A Moveable Feast to Tatiana Kudriavtseva, a translator from the Soviet Union, who was able then to publish a Russian translation simultaneous with the original's publication in English.[2]

In 1976, she wrote her autobiography, How It Was. Further biographical details of Mary Welsh Hemingway can be found in the numerous Hemingway biographies, and in Bernice Kert's The Hemingway Women.[3]

In her later years, Mary moved to New York City, where she lived in an apartment on 65th Street. After a prolonged illness, she died in St. Luke’s Hospital at age 78, on November 26, 1986. In her will, she had stipulated that she be buried in Ketchum next to Hemingway, where they are now interred together.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c Koyen, Kenneth - "Snapshots of Mary Welsh Hemingway," Eve's Magazine, 2003.[1] Accessed 2015-07-14
  2. ^ Elena Kalashnikova (September 17, 2009). "Коктейль в рюмке и ошибки Пастернака". Nezavisimaya Gazeta (in Russian). 
  3. ^ Bernice Kert - The Hemingway Women, W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 1983. ISBN 0-393-31835-4
  4. ^ "Mary Hemingway, 4th Wife of Author, Dies", UPI/Chicago Tribune, Nov. 30, 1986.[2] Accessed 2015-07-14

External links[edit]

  • Estate of Ernest Hemingway vs. Random House,[3] Accessed 2015-07-14
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