Hemingway: The Wild Years

photo-33I’m finding some great Hemingway facts that I was previously unaware of as I continue to read various stories in the 1962 book, Hemingway: The Wild Years edited by Gene Z. Hanrahan (Dell 1st edition, 288 pages). This book was published just 17 months after Hemingway’s death. The book contains 13 sections with more than 70 of Hemingway’s articles as a correspondent that gives some great insight as a young writer.

I came across what may have really happened with the young Hemingway while at the Toronto Star and why he left so quickly – after only four months on the job. The book states that the real reason for his leaving has been “obscured in controversy.” The book touches a bit on what happened with the editor there. In 1924 Hemingway would leave Toronto and never return as he headed to Paris with his wife Hadley. The book states that 1924 was the end of one life and the beginning of another. Even though he would live another 38 years a writer by the name of Ernest Walsh would state in the January 1925 issue of “This Quarter” what may have summed up the life of Hemingway in a single statement:

“Hemingway selected his audience.  His rewards will be rich. But thank God he will never be satisfied.  He is of the elect.  He belongs. It will take time to wear him out.  And before that he we will be dead.”

Hemingway Featured Links

There are some great links on the lower right hand side of this blog. Here are two that offer some great insight on Hemingway. The first featured link is from a site called Literary History and this page has a nice Literary Criticism section. The second link that I have chosen is actually from the same site but is a link to the NY Times about a 1924 Bullfight story.

Hemingway and Espionage?

3226677550_bcd1a8ddd1_mA story appeared today on the National Review (online) site that included information about Ernest Hemingway and the KGB. The article goes on to say that even though Hemingway never gave away any information to the KGB he was in fact friendly with several of their agents. Are we talking EH the Spy? (code name for EH was “Argo”). Check out the story and let us know if you have seen any similar information about this topic.

Espionage –noun. 1. the act or practice of spying. 2. the use of spies by a government to discover the military and political secrets of other nations. 3. the use of spies by a government to discover the military and political secrets of other nations (source: dictionary.com).