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Ernest Hemingway's Healthy Habit

Much has been written about Ernest Hemingway's reckless behavior: his excessive drinking, his numerous accidents, his suicide by gunshot. However, Hemingway had one surprisingly healthy habit that has recently started to attract attention.

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Ernest Hemingway: The Writer Who Kept Everything

2,500 digitized documents from Hemingway's Finca Vigía home in San Francisco de Paula, Cuba have been added to the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the JFK Library in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Did Hemingway Say It? ("Love is the universal instinct...")

Prior to his death, Hemingway reportedly submitted his observations on numerous subjects including love, death, and writing to the Wisdom Foundation of California. Playboy magazine published these statements for the first time in their January 1963 issue under the title, "A Man's Credo."

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Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen

A documentary chronicling the twenty-year friendship between Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper finished a run at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, California last month.

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Volume 2 of Hemingway Letters Released

On October 22, 2013, The Letters of Ernest Hemingway (1923-1925) was released. The letters were written during Hemingway's "Paris years" and showcase an aspiring writing on the verge of literary fame.

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Runaway Hemingway

One of the many myths about Ernest Hemingway is that he ran away from home when he was a young man. Hemingway never ran away from home, but what experiences would have awaited him if he had? That is the central focus of a short film by Jake Alfaro titled Runaway Hemingway.

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Ernest Hemingway: Detective Extraordinaire

If Ernest Hemingway was a detective, how skilled would he be? A Hemingway mystery series written by Michael Atkinson aims to answer this very question.

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Hemingway and Bimini: A Love Affair

Ernest Hemingway was an avid fisherman. One of his favorite fishing spots was Bimini, a small Bahamian island situated 50 miles off Florida's coast with a population of roughly 1600.

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Did Hemingway Say It? ("For sale: Baby shoes...")

Did Hemingway Say It?

"For sale: Baby shoes, never worn."

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A Treat for the Hemingway Audiophile

On November 20, 2012, Simon & Schuster Audio released the Ernest Hemingway Audiobook Library. For the first time, Ernest Hemingway's fiction and nonfiction is available in one definitive audio collection.

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Drinking with Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was passionate about many things during his life: writing, fishing, hunting, travelling, and drinking. The last activity is the subject of a new book by Philip Greene appropriately titled To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion.

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Take a Tour of Hemingway's Spain

The Spanish Civil War had a profound impact on Ernest Hemingway and served as the inspiration for his 1940 classic, For Whom the Bell Tolls and his only full-length play, The Fifth Column. You can now follow in Ernest Hemingway's Spanish Civil War footsteps with the help of Spanish Sites Tours.

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Did Hemingway Say It? ("Oak Park is a place...")

Did Hemingway Say It?

"Oak Park is a place of broad lawns and narrow minds."

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Hemingway's Giant Daiquiri

One of Ernest Hemingway's favorite drinks was the daiquiri. Legend has it that he enjoyed the drink so much that he invented his own daiquiri drink called the "Papa Doble." Even an experienced drinker like Hemingway would have had a hard time finishing the drink recently created in his honor.

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Hemingway's Childhood Home Has Sold

Ernest Hemingway's childhood home, located at 600 N. Kenilworth Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois, has been sold. The house was listed for sale on February 21, 2012 with an asking price of $525,000. The new owners of the home are Kurt and Mary Jane Neumann.

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Mixed Reviews for Hemingway & Gellhorn

The reviews are in for Hemingway & Gellhorn, the HBO original movie, which premiered on May 28, 2012. So how did the film fare among the critics?

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May I Take Your Bags, Mr. Hemingway?

Ernest Hemingway loved to travel. Now other worldly travelers will have the opportunity to enjoy four-star Hemingway themed accommodations courtesy of Hemingway Hotels & Resorts.

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Ernest Hemingway's Feline Fancy

Ernest Hemingway's love for cats is widely known. In a November 1943 letter to his first wife, Elizabeth Hadley Richardson, he wrote, "One cat just leads to another." His affection for cats is revealed once again in a new collection of unpublished letters.

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Hemingway's Childhood Home for Sale

The house where Ernest Hemingway spent his formative years was listed for sale on February 21, 2012. Designed by Grace Hemingway, the house is located at 600 N. Kenilworth Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois. The asking price is $525,000.

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Hemingway's First Book on the Auction Block

Only 300 first edition copies of Ernest Hemingway's first book, Three Stories and Ten Poems (1923) were printed. Publisher Robert McAlmon gave Hemingway four "author's copies" of the book. We know what Hemingway did with one of his author's copies. We may now know what Hemingway did with another.

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Appa Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway's influence is wide reaching. It is so wide reaching that he can now be found in the world of apps.

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Documentary to Explore Hemingway Family Suicides

Ernest Hemingway was not the only member of his family to commit suicide. His father, brother, sister, and granddaughter also took their own lives. The history of suicide in the Hemingway family is the focus of a new documentary titled Running from Crazy.

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Hemingway's Cuban Home Now Restored

For twenty-one years, Ernest Hemingway lived at the Finca Vigía (Lookout Farm) in San Francisco de Paula, Cuba. The author left Cuba in 1960 and never returned. Over the years, his beloved home fell into disrepair. Now thanks to the joint efforts of Hemingway's former steward, René Villarreal, the Finca Vigía Foundation, the Cuban government's Office of Cultural Patrimony, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Finca Vigía has been restored to its former glory.

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Hemingway Letters Project Nears Publication

On September 20, 2011, volume 1 of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway (1907-1922) will be published by Cambridge University Press. For the first time, readers will have access to all the surviving letters of Ernest Hemingway.

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Hemingway's Fear of the Feds

It is now widely known that the FBI kept a file on Ernest Hemingway. The major focus of the 124-page file was the intelligence work that Hemingway conducted on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba between the years 1942 and 1944. What is not widely known is that the FBI's surveillance of Hemingway may have led to his suicide.

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Timeless Hemingway Featured in USA Today

On June 29, 2011, Timeless Hemingway was mentioned in a USA Today article titled " 'Papa' Hemingway still casts a long shadow." The article was written by Craig Wilson, who has been a USA Today columnist for over two decades.

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The 50th Anniversary of Ernest Hemingway's Death

July 2, 2011 is the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway's death. To mark the anniversary, Cuba will hold an international Hemingway conference from June 16-19, 2011.

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Did Hemingway Say It? ("Never confuse...")

Did Hemingway Say It?

"Never confuse movement with action."

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Hemingway & Gellhorn Adds More Star Power

Numerous Hollywood stars and even a musician will join Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman in the upcoming HBO biopic, Hemingway & Gellhorn.

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Hemingway and His Guns

One of the questions frequently received at Timeless Hemingway is: "What happened to the gun Hemingway killed himself with?" A new book definitively answers this question and should be an interesting read for Hemingway aficionados and general gun enthusiasts.

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Hemingway's Garden of Eden: The Reviews Are In!

During his lifetime, Ernest Hemingway despised what producers, directors, and screenwriters did to his writing. Judging from the reviews of the 2010 film, Hemingway's Garden of Eden, his hatred was well deserved.

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A Portrait of the Artist: Hemingway and Galifianakis

One of the most famous photographs of Ernest Hemingway was taken by Yousuf Karsh in 1957. Karsh found his turtleneck sweater-clad subject to be "a man of peculiar gentleness, the shyest man I ever photographed — a man cruelly battered by life, but seemingly invincible."

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Hollywood Rediscovering Hemingway

Hollywood cannot seem to get enough of Ernest Hemingway these days. In addition to Papa Hemingway (2011), Hemingway & Fuentes (2012), and Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012), one of Hemingway's posthumous novels is also getting the big screen treatment.

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Did Hemingway Say It? ("If I had more time...")

Did Hemingway Say It?

"If I had more time, I would have written you a shorter letter."

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A Good Night's Sleep Courtesy of Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway always valued a good night's sleep. He once wrote: "I still need some more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently." The newest Hemingway product on the market should therefore come as no surprise.

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Celebrities Who Read Hemingway

How has Lindsay Lohan been passing the time in jail? According to People magazine, she has been spending some of her time with Ernest Hemingway.

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Timeless Hemingway Goes Mobile

On July 2, 2010, a mobile version of Timeless Hemingway was launched. Designed for users on the go, Timeless Hemingway Mobile provides the essentials for learning more about one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.

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Ava and Ernest: A Time-Tested Friendship

Ava Gardner was always fond of Ernest Hemingway. She frequently called him "Papa" and appeared in three films based on his works: The Killers, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, and The Sun Also Rises. Of all his novels and short stories made into films, The Killers was one of the few productions Hemingway actually liked.

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Hemingway's Michigan Ties

Michigan held a special place in Ernest Hemingway's heart. He fished and hunted with his father in its northern woods. He spent summers at the family cottage on Walloon Lake. In 1921, he was even married at Horton Bay.

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Are You a True Hemingway Aficionado?

How well do you know Ernest Hemingway? Are you a true Hemingway aficionado or an aficionado in training? Now you can easily find out by taking the Ernest Hemingway Trivia Challenge.

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Book Fair Volunteer Discovers Hemingway Treasure

You never know what you will find at your local book fair. Those of you from St. Louis could have hit the literary jackpot if not for the keen eyes of one volunteer.

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Hemingway and the Art of Tweets

As a cub reporter for The Kansas City Star, Hemingway was forced to adhere to a stylebook for young reporters, which included the following advice: "Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English, not forgetting to strive for smoothness." Hemingway later said these were the "best rules I ever learned for the business of writing." Today's Twitter community would agree.

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Did Hemingway Say It? ("The coldest winter I...")

Did Hemingway Say It?

"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."

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Ernest Hemingway Who?

Ken Korczak, a writer for the Kittson County Top News Examiner, visited a convenience store one night in Minnesota and asked two high school seniors if they knew who Ernest Hemingway was. Both said no. Surprised by their response, Korczak decided to expand his study.

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Casting Confirmed for Hemingway & Fuentes

On April 5, 2009, Timeless Hemingway blogged about an upcoming film to be directed by Andy Garcia titled Hemingway & Fuentes. Casting for the production has now been confirmed.

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Unpublished Hemingway Photos from Life Magazine

An employee of Life Magazine recently contacted Timeless Hemingway and informed us of a new collection of previously unpublished Hemingway photos.

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Hemingway's Hunt for German U-boats

During World War II, Ernest Hemingway and his beloved boat Pilar embarked on a mission to destroy German submarines that they encountered along the Cuban coast. The mission is recounted in Terry Mort's new book, The Hemingway Patrols: Ernest Hemingway and His Hunt for U-Boats.

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Ernest Hemingway Videos Now Available

A picture says a thousand words and a video says a thousand more. Timeless Hemingway recently added an Ernest Hemingway Videos page showcasing the best Hemingway videos on the web.

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A Moveable Feast to Be Reissued

Ernest Hemingway's 1964 book, A Moveable Feast is being reissued on July 14, 2009. Billed as the version "Ernest Hemingway intended," the book contains a foreword by Patrick Hemingway and an introduction by Sean Hemingway.

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The Ernest Hemingway Primer

Want to know more about Ernest Hemingway, but not sure exactly where to start? The Ernest Hemingway Primer, published by Timeless Hemingway, is an all-in-one guide to the life and works of Ernest Hemingway.

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Ernest Hemingway Meets The Incredible Hulk

Ernest Hemingway inspires writers everywhere including the writer of a 1979 episode of the hit television series, The Incredible Hulk. The episode, titled "No Escape," guest stars James Wainwright in the role of Tom Wallace, a mental patient, who is convinced that he is Ernest Hemingway.

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Anthony Hopkins as Ernest Hemingway

He has played Nixon, Hitler, and Picasso. Now Anthony Hopkins will try his hand at playing Ernest Hemingway in an indie film to be directed by Andy Garcia.

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Papa Hemingway Coming to a Theater Near You

The Gotham Group recently acquired the film rights to A. E. Hotchner's 1966 book, Papa Hemingway. Papa Hemingway is a personal account of Hotchner and Hemingway's friendship and focuses on the last thirteen years of Hemingway's life.

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Hemingway's Cuban Years Now Digitally Preserved

The Cuban government recently announced that they have produced an electronic archive of Ernest Hemingway's Cuban documents. Ada Rosa Alfonso Rosales, the director of the Ernest Hemingway Museum in Cuba, said the documents "shed light into Hemingway's Cuban period, very important and much unknown for his biographers."

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New "Articles" Section Now Available

Timeless Hemingway recently added an Ernest Hemingway "Articles" section. Articles from Timeless Hemingway, The Hemingway Review, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and the Virginia Quarterly Review are now available for your reading pleasure.

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Timeless Hemingway Celebrates 10 Years Online

On November 11th, 2008, Timeless Hemingway celebrated ten years online. Surprising as it may sound, the original focus of Timeless Hemingway was not Ernest Hemingway.

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A Farewell to Arms: The Must Read of the Year

Ernest Hemingway's 1929 classic, A Farewell to Arms, considered by many critics to be the best novel ever written about World War I, was selected by libraries in Aurora, Oswego and North Aurora, Illinois as their must read pick of the year.

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New "Books" Section Launched

On September 13, 2008, Timeless Hemingway launched a "Books" section that provides a listing of resources on Ernest Hemingway's books. Hemingway's "big four" books (SAR, AFTA, FWTBT, OMATS) are the only books available right now, but there are future plans to include all of Hemingway's books.

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The 2008 Ernest Hemingway Festival

The annual Ernest Hemingway Festival will take place from September 25-28, 2008 in Sun Valley, Idaho. The 2008 theme is "Hemingway in Cuba" and there will be a wide selection of events for Hemingway aficionados to enjoy.

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Patrick Hemingway Celebrates 80 Years

The last living son of Ernest Hemingway celebrated his 80th birthday on June 28th, 2008. Scott Simon of NPR spoke to Patrick about growing older, being a Hemingway, and his role in preserving his father's legacy.

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An Affordable Feast

With the economy likely in a recession, gas and food prices skyrocketing, and home values falling, consumers are curbing their spending at expensive restaurants especially abroad. In the midst of all of this financial despair, there is one very special restaurant in Italy that is making its meal ticket more affordable for Americans.

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Special Events for the Hemingway Fan This April

The Stratford-upon-Avon International Festival of Literature has two special events planned for the Hemingway fan this April.

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The Fifth Column Premieres February 26, 2008

Published in 1938, The Fifth Column is a three-act play set during the Spanish Civil War. It is the only play Ernest Hemingway ever wrote and now you have the opportunity to see it performed on stage for the very first time.

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Hemingway Hero Inspires Presidential Hopeful

Ernest Hemingway was never terribly active politically nor was he an avid fan of politicians in general. There is one 2008 presidential candidate, however, who has revealed that he is a great admirer of a Hemingway protagonist, a protagonist he calls "My No. 1 hero of all time!"

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The Literary Heir to Ernest Hemingway

Norman Mailer, who died yesterday at the age of eighty-four, had long been considered the successor to Ernest Hemingway's literary throne. Mailer's first book, The Naked and the Dead, published in 1948, was a bestseller and prompted many people to label this twenty-five-year-old writer as the "new Hemingway." Did Mailer deserve this distinction? Who better to answer that question than Ernest Hemingway himself.

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The Dutiful Son

In the many biographies written about him, Ernest Hemingway has been portrayed as a distant son who harbored a great deal of hatred for his mother. He seems to have held her partly responsible for his father's 1928 suicide and he didn't attend her funeral when she died in June of 1951. However, a new collection of letters show a different side of Hemingway, that of a dutiful son.

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Rare Proof Going Under the Hammer

An advance copy of For Whom the Bell Tolls signed by Ernest Hemingway and including his handwritten corrections will be auctioned off in November by Swann Galleries. Ernest Hemingway literary memorabilia has always fared well financially in the bidding marketplace and this proof is expected to continue in that tradition.

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Hemingway on YouTube

I recently paid a visit to YouTube, the web's premiere source for online video, and performed a search for "Ernest Hemingway." Numerous video listings were returned and I watched many of them. Now for your viewing pleasure, I present the three best Ernest Hemingway videos that I found on YouTube.

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The Catfight Is Over, For Now

In September of last year, I wrote a blog entry about the USDA wanting the Hemingway cats of Key West to be licensed. They believed that the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum was "violating the Animal Welfare Act and subject to a daily fine of $200 per cat, or nearly $10,000 a day." Last week, the Key West City Commission disputed the claims of the USDA and ruled that Hemingway's famous felines can stay.

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Hemingway on Stage

Ernest Hemingway's influence on our culture never ceases to amaze me. He has societies in Michigan, Oak Park, Illinois, and Japan dedicated to preserving his memory. A scholarly journal (The Hemingway Review) bears his name, as does a literary award (PEN/Hemingway Award), not to mention an entire marina in Havana, Cuba. And now you can even find Hemingway on stage portrayed by actor Jordan Rhodes.

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The Great American Quote Search

For many years, I have been trying to confirm that Ernest Hemingway is not the author of the following quotation: "There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games." In July 2006, the case appeared to be solved when I received a source for the quotation, a story titled "Blood Sport" by Ken Purdy. Recently, information was received that may prompt me to reopen the case.

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Hemingway's Secret Love Affair

On April 2, 2007, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA made available to scholars thirty letters written by Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich. The letters span the years 1949 to 1959 and show Hemingway's enormous affection for Dietrich. Some passages in the letters even have people wondering if Hemingway and Dietrich were lovers.

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The Trouble They've Seen

Martha Gellhorn always disliked being referred to as Ernest Hemingway's third wife. She once said: "Why should I be a footnote to someone else's life?" Outside of their brief marriage, there was a more tragic footnote that tied Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway together.

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A Writer's Writer

Ernest Hemingway makes great copy. So many articles simply must put in a Hemingway angle. Take this January 3, 2007 article from The Daily Telegraph, which begins: "A fast-growing chain of noodle restaurants that claims to serve only fish from healthy stocks has taken blue marlin off the menu after an investigation by The Daily Telegraph." If you were going to give this article the appropriate headline, what would it be?

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Political Football at Hemingway's Finca

The deteriorating condition of Hemingway's former home in Cuba has received a lot of press attention over the past few years. In 2005, the National Trust for Historic Preservation even went as far as to label the Finca Vigía one of the eleven most endangered historic places. While both Cuban and American preservation experts are working together to reverse the effects of time on the Finca Vigía, a significant political obstacle stands in their way.

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Giving Thanks for Hemingway

November is the month for expressing our thankfulness. It's a time for reflecting on the things in our lives which make us truly grateful. In that spirit, I am devoting this blog entry to the top ten reasons why I am thankful for Ernest Hemingway.

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The Price of Fame

Hemingway's former home in Ketchum, Idaho was recently opened as part of the second annual Ernest Hemingway Festival. The evening event did not offer the traditional "do not touch anything" tour. Instead, forty people had the rare opportunity to enjoy a catered dinner with proceeds going toward the upkeep of the home. While I can see the appeal of such an event for the true Hemingway aficionado, I do not think I could have mustered the "grace under pressure" required to pay the admission fee.

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The Cats of Key West

"USDA wants Hemingway cats licensed" was a headline making the rounds last month. According to the Agriculture Department, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Florida is "violating the Animal Welfare Act and subject to a daily fine of $200 per cat, or nearly $10,000 a day." I find this story amusing not because I want to see the cats confined per order of the USDA, but because I question if these cats are truly of the Hemingway line.

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Walking in Hemingway's Footsteps

Ernest Hemingway was a worldly traveler. Before the age of twenty-five, Hemingway had seen Italy, Paris, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Constantinople. In his adult years, he traveled to Africa, Cuba, Hong Kong, Hawaii, and London. You now have the unique opportunity to travel to these places and walk in Hemingway's footsteps.

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Mary, Get Those Guns

Something has always puzzled me about Ernest Hemingway's suicide. Why did Mary Hemingway not hide the keys to the basement storage room where Hemingway kept his gun collection? Was it simply because she believed that "no wife has the right to deprive her husband of his possessions." Or is there truth to the longstanding charge that Mary actually willed her husband's suicide?

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"Didn't know how to compose a paragraph"

During an interview with the London Literary Review, Sir V.S. Naipaul, the 2001 Nobel laureate for literature, described Ernest Hemingway as "so busy being an American" that he "didn't know how to compose a paragraph." Naipaul offered no further explanation of his remarks, but let's assume for the sake of argument, he was referring to the time Hemingway spent at war. Yes, Hemingway was very busy during this time. He was busy chronicling experiences, which would inspire some of the greatest literature ever written.

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An Interview with Hemingway

I received an interesting question at allexperts.com recently. The inquirer asked: "If you had 10 questions that you could ask Ernest Hemingway if you had a personal interview with him what would they be?" Only ten I thought. There are a lot more than ten questions I would like to ask Ernest Hemingway. However, I stuck to the assignment and came up with ten questions.

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The Spoken Word

A few weeks ago, Simon & Schuster announced that they will be releasing a number of Hemingway titles in audio book form. Patrick Hemingway said of the audio book versions: "Reading Hemingway is to listen to him, to 'hear' the dialogue. The spoken word versions will certainly add another dimension to his writing and will entice new audiences to his work." I couldn't agree with him more.

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Hemingway Boulevard

A few weeks ago, I received a very intriguing question at the Timeless Hemingway web site. An individual had been given the unique opportunity of naming a road and he wanted to name it in honor of Ernest Hemingway. I was asked to offer any suggestions. Here is how I responded.

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Hemingway's Posthumous Life

Ernest Hemingway has had one of the most active posthumous lives of any writer. He died in 1961 and since that time there have been five books published "by Ernest Hemingway." These books include A Moveable Feast (1964), Islands in the Stream (1970), The Dangerous Summer (1985), The Garden of Eden (1986), and True at First Light (1999). A sixth posthumous installment was published in September of 2005 and this may be the very last posthumous work we see from the great Hemingway.

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Quoting Ernest Hemingway

Two months ago, I watched "Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea" on PBS. The program told the story of Hemingway mainly through Hemingway's own words. As the program progressed, I sat in disbelief listening to all the lengthy quotes from Hemingway's works. While I think this is an appropriate way to tell the story of a writer's life, I couldn't help wondering what type of arrangement the filmmaker (DeWitt Sage) made with the Hemingway estate to allow all of the excerpts to be used.

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Remembering Gregory Hemingway

It has been four years since Gregory Hemingway, the third and youngest son of Ernest Hemingway, died. The strange circumstances surrounding his death while tragic were not entirely unexpected, for Gregory Hemingway was as tortured an individual as his father.

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The Fundamental Question of Philosophy

Albert Camus wrote in The Myth of Sisyphus: "There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy." The fundamental question in my mind regarding Hemingway's suicide is could it or could it have not been prevented?

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On Hemingway's Letters

This has always been a difficult subject for me. I am torn between feeling guilt for having read someone's private letters (Hemingway stated in writing that he never wanted his letters published.) and feeling absolute elation that we, the reading public, have access to these important literary and historical documents.

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My Introduction to Hemingway

I was a junior in college when I first heard the closing line of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. A literature professor sat in front of a class of thirty students and said, " 'Isn't it pretty to think so?' . . . perhaps the greatest closing line in all of literature." I remember being more taken by his seemingly sweeping statement than by the sentence itself. A year later, I began work on my departmental honors thesis, "The Importance of Being Ernest: Hemingway's Truth in Fiction and His Fiction in Truth."

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