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Agnes H. von Kurowsky Stanfield
Birth: Jan. 5, 1892
Germantown
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 25, 1984, USA

Folk Figure. A pretty World War I Red Cross nurse, she is remembered for her brief romance with and literary immortality conferred by Ernest Hemingway. Born Agnes Hannah von Kurowsky, she was raised in Washington, DC, attended Fairmont Seminary, initially trained as a librarian, and worked in the local public library prior to her 1914 relocation to New York City where she studied nursing at Bellevue Hospital. Following her 1917 graduation, Agnes joined the Red Cross and in 1918 was posted to Italy where one of her severely wounded patients was a 19 year old American serving as an ambulance driver with the Italian Army, Ernest Hemingway. A brief affair with some type of sexual component ensued, the questions of intensity and of whether the relationship was physical, emotional, or merely platonic still a matter of speculation. In any event, Agnes became involved with an Italian officer and broke off with the young man she called "Ernie" via a 'Dear John' letter, probably a good move considering Hemingway's later track record. In the aftermath, the pair never met again, Agnes was honored for her World War I service, married twice, to Pete Garner in 1928 and to William Stanfield in 1934, and had a respected nursing career while Papa rode off into legend; Agnes first showed up as a nurse named Luz in the 1925 "A Very Short Story" which was published in the collection entitled "In Our Time". She made her next and much better known appearance in 1929's classic war novel "A Farewell to Arms", the character Catherine Barkley drawn from her save that Catherine's death in childbirth was based on the difficult, though not fatal, labor experienced by Hemingway's second wife Pauline. She arrived on the printed page once more loosely cast as Helen in the 1936 novella "The Snows of Kilimanjaro"; her one time interaction with the brilliant but flawed writer only came to light when the minimally talented Leicester Hemingway (1915-1982) tracked her down in the course of researching his 1961 "My Brother Ernest Hemingway", with Agnes meeting Leicester in Key West and giving him some photos from her scrapbooks. Agnes was fictionalized in the 1996 movie "In Love and War" in which she was portrayed by Sandra Bullock opposite Chris O'Donnell as Hemingway; today the pictures she gave Leicester are in the possession of the Hemingway Foundation while she continues to live on in countless copies of "A Farewell to Arms". (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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1892 - 1984
 
Burial:
US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Site O Lot 9
 
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Originally Created by: GulfportBob
Record added: Apr 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35809876
Agnes H. <i>von Kurowsky</i> Stanfield
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Agnes H. <i>von Kurowsky</i> Stanfield
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Agnes H. <i>von Kurowsky</i> Stanfield
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