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Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow

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Ruth A. Hawkins has been an administrator at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro for more than thirty years and established its Arkansas Heritage Sites program, which includes the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott. She has been recognized at the state, regional, and national level for her work in historic preservation and heritage tourism.


"A riveting portrait of a marriage, and a fascinating biography of Pauline Pfeiffer, the most intriguing--and most misunderstood--of the Hemingway wives. This compelling story about the Hemingway/Pfeiffer relationship significantly enriches our understanding of this complicated man, and, along the way, introduces us to a new heroine in the Hemingway saga." --Mary Dearborn, author of Mailer: A Biography "Because Pauline was a private person and the only one of Hemingway's four wives to precede him in death, Ernest's self-serving account of their relationship and of the Pfeiffer family's influence on him has unfortunately been the primary source for Hemingway scholars. Hawkins's book is a welcome corrective." --Norman E. Stafford in Arkansas Review, 2012 "[A] significant contribution to setting the record straight" --Publishers Weekly, April 2012 "Anyone interested in Hemingway's life between 1927 and 1940 should consult this book." --The Hemingway Review, Fall 2012 "A major scholarly accomplishment -- authoritative, thoroughly researched, pioneering, and ably written.... a must for Hemingway scholars, teachers, and aficionados." --Anne Marie Candido in Arkansas Historical Quarterly "Hemingway's other wives spoke, but Pauline didn't, making her the least understood of the four women. She never stopped loving Ernest, and the reverse is also true. Hawkins's book, particularly the closing, tells Pauline's story--and stuns."--John Fenstermaker, Hemingway scholar "No one in America knows more about the Pfeiffer family and the crucial Hemingway-Pfeiffer marriage than Ruth A. Hawkins. The book she offers represents years of close scholarship and is told with respect, literary grace, and blunt honesty. In many ways, this is a revisionist work on the Hemingway myth. I found myself learning something new on almost every page."--Paul Hendrickson, author of "Hemingway's Boat" "Ruth Hawkins has written a marvelous book and a major account of the most productive period of Hemingway's life. Hawkins weaves Ernest's marriage to Pauline into an absorbing story that breaks new ground and reveals the importance of Hemingway's relationship to the entire Pfeiffer family. This book has clearly earned a place on the shelf with the other major Hemingway biographies."--Carl Eby, author of "Hemingway's Fetishism"

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