Alternate Endings to A Farewell To Arms

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.  Ernest Hemingway So, yes it was a sad ending that leaves you feeling empty and like nothing is worth anything and love all ends up in the gutter and nothing matters.  Where did Frederic Henry go after he left the hospital and walked out into […]

Myth # 3: Hemingway as Misogynist??

The one thing I know is that a woman should never marry a man who hated his mother. Martha Gellhorn. I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket. Ernest Hemingway Hemingway Misogynist (Definition) – noun, jargon. A male heterosexual individual whose misogynistic beliefs are seen […]


How driving ambulances during World War I inspired Hemingway By Michael Riedel March 19, 2017  Several major artists and innovators of the 20th century served as volunteer ambulance drivers during World War I, shaping their experiences on the battlefield into groundbreaking works. The carnage horrified poet E.E. Cummings, who drove an ambulance in France. He […]

Visit to Hemingway Collection Part 2

Continuation of post regarding my visit to the Kennedy Library, Hemingway Exhibit on Between the Wars There was an anecdote displayed of an interview that Hemingway had with George Plimpton. Plimpton knew that Hemingway had written the end of A Farewell to Arms something like 39 times. Plimpton, a writer himself, asked if there was a technical […]

Hello Papaphiles!

  Hello Hemingway readers and fans!  Every four months, I post my opening post for those just joining in. For those who stop in regularly, I sincerely and truly thank you for reading and for being interested in Hemingway 55 years after his death and 117 years after his birth. So here is my opening post […]

VP Biden quotes Hemingway

I missed the Democratic convention last night but my friend, Barbara, alerted me to VP Joe Biden’s citing of Hemingway (Quote from A Farewell to Arms) when talking about the challenges and love in his own life. Just an excerpt in reference to the tragic death of his son Beau. “Thank you. His wife and his two […]

Casting the Big Novels: Me as Casting Director

Now, who should play the great parts that Hem has provided for us?  My selections in bold: The Sun Also Rises: (1957) Tyrone Power (Jake Gyllenhall) as Jake Barnes Ava Gardner (Blake Lively)  Brett Ashley Mel Ferrer (Matt Damon) as Robert Cohn Errol Flynn (Jude Law) as Mike Campbell A Farewell to Arms: (1932) Helen Hayes (Angelina Jolie) […]

Fun Fact: Banned Hemingway

• I knew that Hemingway’s books were banned in various communities and countries. The below are added nuances.   For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) by Ernest Hemingway. The story considers suicide in preference to capture during the Spanish Civil War. In 1940, the U.S. Postal Service refused to let it go through the mail. […]