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Gellhorn on writing

Martha Gellhorn with her third husband, Ernest Hemingway during their honeymoon in Hawaii in 1940 (New York Times)

“A writer publishes to be read; then hopes the readers are affected by the words, hopes that their opinions are changed or strengthened or enlarged, or that readers are pushed to notice something that had not stopped to notice before. All my reporting life, I have thrown small pebbles into a very large pond, and have no way of knowing whether any pebble caused the slightest ripple. I don’t need to worry about that. My responsibility was the effort.”

— From Introduction to The Granta Book of Reportage written by Ian Jack, quoting Martha Gellhorn, novelist, travel writer, and journalist who has a journalism award named after her

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