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Hemingway's Secret Love Affair

On April 2, 2007, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA made available to scholars thirty letters written by Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich. The letters span the years 1949 to 1959 and show Hemingway's enormous affection for Dietrich. Some passages in the letters even have people wondering if Hemingway and Dietrich were lovers.

The following are excerpts from letters that Ernest Hemingway wrote Marlene Dietrich:

I love you and I hold you tight and kiss you hard.

I can't say how every time I ever put my arms around you I felt that I was home.

I fall in love with you bad and you're always in love with some jerk.

Maria Riva, Dietrich's daughter, insists that the affection displayed between Hemingway and her mother was merely the love of two close friends and never developed into anything sexual. I would agree with her and Hemingway confirms it himself in A. E. Hotchner's book, Papa Hemingway: " 'The thing about the Kraut and me,' Ernest said after I told him what Marlene had said about him, 'is that we have been in love since 1934, when we first met on the Ile de France, but we've never been to bed. Amazing but true. Victims of un-synchronized passion.' "

"Victims of un-synchronized passion" — only a writer as great as Hemingway could describe a relationship so perfectly.