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October 28, 2010
The Hemingway mystique.
Not that we’re going to unravel it.
But we’ll have a go at it.
Since today, October 28th marks a milestone for “Papa,” as he preferred to be called.
He finally won the Nobel Prize for literature on this date, in 1954.
"For his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in 'The Old Man and the Sea,' and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style:"
“He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.”
Ernest Miller Hemingway, born July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois, was not an easy man to love.
Seems a few things got in the way.
Like his overbearing alcoholic personality, macho obsessions with shooting and fishing, bragging incessantly about his sexual exploits, only having a few stable relationships, trashing other writers such as his pal F. Scott Fitzgerald, in "A Moveable Feast,” which was published posthumously.
And those observations came from his friends.
His biographer, editor, confidant, A.E. Hotchner spoke of Hemingway's “penurious” life in “Papa Hemingway,” his hatred of his mother, and his non relationship with his children, from his four marriages, whom he cut out of his will.
Papa’s famous economical emotionally understated style?
Overpraised, according to some experts.
As if no other writer had ever begun a novel with a simple declarative sentence, as he did in "A Farewell to Arms."
“In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains.”
And maybe these weren't exactly words to live by:
“About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”
Even though he fancied himself a big hero, he was in many ways.
He received the Italian Silver Medal of Valour in 1918 and with over 200 pieces of mortar shell in his legs, carried an injured soldier to medical help; he survived a number of potentially fatal diseases, a number of potentially fatal plane crashes — the last rescuing passengers by using his head as a battering ram to break through the door.
Not to mention reporting the D-Day invasion from a landing craft so close to the action it prompted a General to say he was completely fearless.
And the man could write a bit:
“If a person brings so much courage into the world that the world must kill him to break him, so of course it kills him. The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places."
He was strong enough at his "broken places" to leave a mark like no other American writer.
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