A Woman to Know: Beryl Markham

You can live a lifetime, and, at the end of it, know more about other people than you know about yourself. Beryl

(image via Houghton Mifflin)

Of course, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly over the Atlantic — east to west. Just four months later, however, Beryl Markham began the ((arguably more arduous) solo flight across the same ocean, just in the opposite direction, west to east. She chronicles the journey — and celebrity love affairs, royal rendezvouses and more — in her epic memoir, West With the Night. As Ernest Hermingway told his editor: "She has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer."

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