Wednesday, April 6, 2016

E = ERNEST HEMINGWAY, Author, A-Z Blog Challenge 2016

A writer who refined the sentence and the word to its essence.  His name was Ernest Hemingway.


Ernest Hemingway working on For Whom the Bell Tolls

E = Ernest Hemingway, Author, Journalist
Theme - Authors AtoZ

Ernest Miller Hemingway, born July 21, 1899, and died July 2, 1961, was an American writer of novels and short stories, supplementing that with journalistic articles. Most of his work was written between the mid 1920s and the mid 1950s. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. His published work included seven novels, six short story collections and two nonfiction works. Additional work was published posthumously including one of my favourites, A Moveable Feast.

In the early 1920s, Hemingway married the first of four wives, Hadley Richardson. They moved to Paris, where he became a member of the expatriate community and the 'Lost Generation'. He met Gertrude Stein, James Joyce and Ezra Pound, three whom he would befriend. 

Women were drawn to the author, and it seemed there was always someone waiting in the wings . . .when each marriage fell apart. Stein also introduced Hemingway to the artists and writers in the Montparnasse Quarter. There he met Picasso, another of Stein's favourites, and other influential artists. 


Ernest Hemingway, passport photo 1923 - PD

In 1939, Hemingway sank into depression  as his literary friends began to die: that year William Butler Yeats and Ford Madox Ford; in 1940 F. Scott Fitzgerald; in 1941 Sherwood Anderson and James Joyce; in 1946 Gertrude Stein; and the following year in 1947, Max Perkins, Hemingway's long-time Scribner's editor and friend.

In the 1950s, Hemingway suffered from the two plane crash/explosion accidents he had sustained in Africa, and became bedridden for a time. He was suffering from high blood pressure, liver disease, and arteriosclerosis by 1956. In November 1956, while in Paris, he recovered trunks he had stored in the Ritz Hotel in 1928 and never retrieved. The trunks were filled with notebooks and writing from his Paris years. Excited about the discovery, he returned to Cuba in 1957, and began to shape the drafts he had found into his memoir, A Moveable Feast. Hemingway had recurring bouts of illness and may have been suffering from a family condition which had affected other members of his birth family.

Fast forward to 1961. On July 2, 1961, Hemingway's sad death made all the news networks, and left a gap in the writing world. As he had predicted at his father's death by suicide, he did choose the same way to exit this world. At the time however, the press was told it was an accidental death, but later, his wife Mary revealed the truth. 

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Are you a fan of Hemingway? Which novel do you like best? If you are not a fan - why not? 

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here and I'll respond. Thanks for dropping by!

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A to Z Challenge

It's April again and time for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z challenge  This is my 4th year participating in the challenge! (Previous A to Z  posts at the top of my blog page tabs are: Art A-Z, French Faves, Paris, Etc. 

Thanks to originator Lee (Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out), and the co-hosts and co-host teams who make the challenge run smoothly. See the list of participants, and other important information at the A to Z Blog site.  The basic idea is to blog every day in April except Sundays (26 days). On April 1st, you begin with the letter A, April 2 is the letter B, and so on. Posts can be random or use a theme.

Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2016 - Badge


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References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Hemingway Wiki on Ernest Hemingway


Image: Hemingway's 1923 passport photo

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 List of his books I have read: For Whom the Bells Toll, To Have and to Have Not, The Sun Also Rises, A Moveable Feast, A Farewell to Arms. I've reviewed several of these under the book review tabs at the top of my blog page.

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20 comments:

  1. I've read some of Hemmingway's short stories. Part of my 'how to do it right' learning :) Great post!!

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    1. I started to read Hemingway after visiting his house in Key West. He becomes more of a real person (rather than a famous writer) when you see some of his belongings in a bookcase there - old field glasses, books he read as a child, etc.

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  2. I've read Old Man and the Sea but I think that's about it. The 'classics' were forced on us in high school English and I've always found that writing somewhat dry and hard to get through.

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    1. Old Man and the Sea was kind of dry, I forged through that one on my own, not in school. But it is the story of one man trying to prove he is still worthy, so there's not a lot of action, except during the fight to capture the fish. If the teacher in school does it right, students learn to like or at least understand such books. I personally hated some of the books that were considered classics in our Lit class - only one teacher we had made the classics come alive.

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  3. I have always said that I learned more about writing from reading his A MOVEABLE FEAST than I did from all the writing classes I ever took. My literary hero.

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    1. And that one book tells a lot about the man himself. He was young and everything was possible. . .He's one of my heroes too (as a writer).

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  4. Just think if those trunks had been thrown away?! There would have been no treasure of A MOVEABLE FEAST! All those friends who died that saddened him so he betrayed in one form or other -- perhaps that is what saddened him the most?

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    1. You know, Roland, that could have been what saddened him about their loss. In retrospect, we sometimes wish we had done things a little differently. Like he regretted the way he treated Hadley. Then again, when friends pass on, it reminds us of our own mortality.

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  5. I didn't realize what a good looking young man he was. Must be that all of the pics I've seen him were from his older years. Seems like his entire family has suffered from depression. I recall an interview with Muriel Hemingway who talked about that.

    This is my favorite scene from a movie that reminds me of Heminway's writing:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r-2okjhX5M&nohtml5=False

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    1. Unfortunately, Robin, I can't see the video, not in this country, sigh. . . And yes, there was a condition that Hemingway's father had which may have passed down to some of his children. It's in the wiki near the bottom the page if you want to read more.

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  6. Sad that he killed himself.
    Sorry, not really a fan. Just too dry.

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    1. I didn't care much for Hemingway, but I did wanted to read all his books after I saw his house in Key West...Key West has a Hemingway look-alike contest there, so you see Hemingway clones all over the city...my hubs isn't one of them.

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  7. Honestly I only recall reading - the old man and the sea- I remember struggling through it but being deeply affected by it at the time

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    1. Interesting, Lynn, I read it on my own and my take was that sometimes we want to prove something to ourselves. THe fish was behaving as a fish would, but the man was obsessed.

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  8. I just bought a collection of his books, but have yet to sit and soak them up. Maybe I'll take the time during May when our break happens. Such a handsome man, and a great writer, so sad, his end.

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  9. I've never liked Hemingway. I think part of it had to do with the novels I had to read in school. They weren't my kinds of stories. (The Old Man and the Sea.) Maybe if I tried again...

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  10. Great post! Yes, I'm a fan. It's amazing to me that so many talented writers and artists interacted during the same time period.

    Yvonne V

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  11. I read Hemingway in high school. I would like to read him as a writer now. I enjoyed his work then, but I think I will appreciate it more now, especially after knowing more about his life.

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  12. I am totally a fan of the guy! Death in the Afternoon, A Moveable Feast, his short stories, the novels, all are to die for. I regularly read DitA every 2-3 years or so to get my EH fix since late 70's when I first read it :)

    I carry his books with me ( and I carry them in my heart) wherever I go he goes... :D with due apologies to e.e.cummings, another great E chap.

    Completely love, love, love Hemingway. Sorry for being over-the-top Effusive.

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    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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  13. I read several of his books when I was young, but never became a fan.

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