Ernest Hemingway Marries Mary Welsh

According to A. E. Hotchner, Hemingway supposedly considered divorcing fourth wife Mary Welsh.

Hotchner reports in a new preface to Papa Hemingway, that Hemingway once told him: I wish I could leave her, I really do, but I'm too old now to afford a fourth divorce and the hell Mary would put me through.

Towards the end of his life, what Hemingway needed more than a live-in wife was a live-in nurse, and unfortunately for Mary, she had to fill this roll. And fill it she did. Hemingway biographer Jeffrey Meyers has noted that Mary could take an infinite amount of abuse. She was literally determined to be the final Mrs. Hemingway.

Hemingway and Mary openly conducted their courtship in London and then in France after the allied invasion at Normandy and the subsequent liberation of Paris. For all intents and purposes Hemingway’s third marriage was over and his fourth and final marriage to Mary had begun. Hemingway wrote, "Funny how it should take one war to start a woman in your damn heart and another to finish her. Bad luck."