Photograph: Scanpix/Denmark (Source: © Robert Capa/Magnum). In 1937, at the age of 29, Martha Gellhorn left for Madrid with a knapsack of clothes, a contract with Collier’s magazine to write about the Spanish Civil War and little else. She had $50 in her pocket and no bank account. This was to be her break free. Born in St. Louis, Gellhorn had graduated from the all-women’s Bryn Mawr College in a tony Philadelphia suburb, placed a few articles in The New Republic and signed on as a crime reporter at the Albany Times Union in upstate New York. She’d been raised in a particularly progressive manner—her father, a gynecologist, seeing that her biology class textbooks in high school blurred out the anatomically explicit parts, petitioned her school to have them made more accurate; her mother, This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 37 Such Good News On the success of others. Arts & Culture Issue 29 Guessing Games How to forecast success. Arts & Culture Issue 27 Word: Grit If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. Arts & Culture Issue 26 Against Perfectionism Deciphering the limits of self-improvement. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Jenny Odell The acclaimed author in search of lost time.