Sarah Blake – Part 1: “A War Correspondent without a War”
Sarah Blake discusses the origins of her WWII-set novel, The Postmistress, as well as her decision to create the character of Frankie Bard, a female war correspondent who reflects the ethos and spirit of Martha Gellhorn. Blake shares her research with the audience, elaborating on the bravery and talent of Gellhorn as well as other female correspondents, Virginia Cowles, Sigrid Schultz, and Clare Hollingworth. These famous women refused to take “no” for an answer, despite a number of rules that hampered them from getting to the front or filing their stories before their male colleagues. Instead, they reported from the hospitals and the streets, capturing the human cost of war. As Gellhorn famously asserted, ““I wanted to go everywhere and see everything and I wanted to write my way.” 6/16/12. Video by Joshua Paul Johnson.