1939 - Separates from Pauline, starts living in Cuba with Martha Gellhorn. Writing For Whom the Bell Tolls in Paris, Cuba, Key West, Wyoming and Sun Valley, Idaho.
1940 - For Whom the Bell Tolls published.
- Marries Martha Gellhorn. They set up home in Cuba at the Finca Vigía.
1941 - He and Martha visit China and the Far East as foreign correspondents.
1942 - Arms his boat Pilar to search for German submarines in Caribbean waters.
1944 - War correspondent for Collier’s magazine. Flies with RAF and helps liberate Paris, especially the Ritz wine cellars. Gathers material for Islands in the Stream (published 1970).
1945 - Divorces Martha.
1946 - Marries Mary Welsh. They settle back in Cuba.
1948 - Visits Europe. Falls for Adriana Ivancic in Venice.
1949 - Starts writing Across the River and into the Trees. Begins writing what was to become The Garden of Eden (published 1986).
1950 - Across the River and into the Trees published. First really unfavourable reviews. Finally starts The Old Man and the Sea and continues with Islands in the Stream.
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