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From Martha Gellhorn

July 10, 2012

“I am reading with interest about the Napoleonic wars. And living here … And writing. And torn with doubt about the writing and wanting so fiercely to have it right. But where is the magic? You can’t breed it into people and you can’t learn it. Ernest [Hemingway] has it. He doesn’t know how it comes or how to make it, but when I read his book I see it, clear as water and carrying like the music of a flute and it is not separate from what he writes, but running all through it. I fear I am German. Well. Goddam.”

– Martha Gellhorn, from a letter to Hortense Flexer and Wyncie King, June 8 1940

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