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Quarantining With The Wife And Mistress: A Hemingway Story

Author Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer are shown as they arrived in New York aboard the liner Paris, April 3, 1934. They are returning after a three-month vacation in eastern Africa hunting lions. (AP Photo)
Author Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer are shown as they arrived in New York aboard the liner Paris, April 3, 1934. They are returning after a three-month vacation in eastern Africa hunting lions. (AP Photo)

In the summer of 1926, Ernest Hemingway’s wife Hadley Hemingway found herself in quarantine with her son Bumby, who had whooping cough, Bumby’s nanny and her husband’s mistress Pauline Pfieffer.

Host Robin Young speaks to Lesley Blume (@lesleymmblume) about her Town & Country article “How Hemingway Quarantined (Hint: It Was with his Wife, his Mistress, his Son and the Nanny).”

 

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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