Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hem and Scott I just finished a book about the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald called “Z.” It was interesting. Zelda’s hatred for Hemingway came across loud and clear. I know that it’s historically true. However, there’s a claim that Hemingway came on to her, which didn’t strike me as true based on all that […]
Hemingway and his “thing” for Women’s Hair
If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast Everyone’s commented on it: Hemingway’s preoccupation with women’s hair. Hemingway’s mother, Grace, whom he purported […]
Hem’s 16 Essential Books for Reading
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector. ― Ernest Hemingway Hemingway was notoriously generous to young writers and fans seeking his input. A.E. Hotchner who became a good confidante and friend met Hem in the Spring of 1948 when he was dispatched to Cuba on assignment by Cosmopolitan magazine to get […]
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 […]
Hemingway Myth #2: Mr. Hemingway Drinks a little
Actually he drank a lot but it didn’t start out that way. He drank socially although significantly. He did not drink while working. On one occasion when asked by a journalist if he drank while writing his novels and short stories, he said, “Jeezus Christ! Have you ever heard of anyone who drank while he […]
Why the Hemingway Collection is in Boston.
The largest collection of Hemingway letters and memorabilia is in Boston, Massachusetts at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. Mary Welch Hemingway, Hem’s fourth wife, made that selection. While Hemingway and John Kennedy never met, Kennedy respected Hemingway’s writing and person. In his own Pulitzer Prize winning book, Profiles in Courage, Kennedy cited Hemingway’s […]
Hemingway Myths: MYTH ONE
Hemingway Myths Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. Ernest Hemingway MYTH 1 Hemingway cultivated the macho image because he wasn’t really. Actually he really was all that and more. Macho that is. While we can quibble about what macho means, for the purpose […]
The Nobel Prize For Literature in 1954
He did it. He should have done it in 1942 for For Whom the Bell Tolls but the committee was divided; some felt the sexual content was “improper”; no prize was awarded at all that year. It’s a bit sad that the award happened when it did, as Hem was not up to accepting it in person […]
Is Hemingway making a Comeback?
Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don’t cheat with it. Ernest Hemingway Is it just me or are we seeing Hemingway everywhere? And don’t you have to “recede” […]
WAS LOSING THE VALISE GOOD OR BAD OR . . . SOMETHING ELSE?
In 1922, Hadley did the only thing that Hemingway has ever seriously criticized her for: She lost the valise that had his early manuscripts. Hadley was heading out on a train at the Gare de Lyon Paris railway station to meet Hemingway for vacation of skiing. She filled a valise with his early manuscripts, parts of […]