Eight years his senior, Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, proved unreservedly supportive of his writing aspirations, and it was her income from a trust that enabled him to pursue his literary ambitions in Paris. Although their marriage lasted less than six years, he always regarded her with warmth and gratitude. Hadley returned the compliment, feeling that were it not for his adventurous spirit, her life would have been far more dull and narrow.
Hadley Richardson Hemingway 1891-1979
Helen Pierce Breaker/ (circa 1895-circa 1939)
Gelatin silver print, 1928
Image courtesy Richard S. Mowrer Collection
John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, Massachusetts