Drinking with Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Miller Hemingway (7.21.99 - 7.2.61) won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 for "The Old Man and the Sea" — about an epic struggle between an aging fisherman and a giant marlin.

• In 1954 Hemingway won Nobel Prize in Literature "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."

More Hemingway:

• “All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened.”

• “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

• “We have come ... into the more difficult time when it is man’s duty to understand his world rather that to simply fight for it.”

• “Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.”

• “Courage is grace under pressure.”

• “Never mistake motion for action.”

• “I didn’t want to kiss you goodbye — that was the trouble — I wanted to kiss you goodnight.”

• He was married four times and had three children.

• Hemingway suffered from the pain and disabilities of two plane crashes, numerous accidents, electroshock treatments and a life of heavy living.

• Before his suicide in 1961, "Hemingway's behavior was similar to his father's before (his father) committed suicide; his father may have had the genetic disease hemochromatosis, in which the inability to metabolize iron culminates in mental and physical deterioration. His sister Ursula and his brother Leicester also committed suicide.” (wikipedia)

• He is mistakenly credited with saying, “Write drunk, edit sober,” but reportedly wrote sober in the morning hours, and drank enthusiastically later in the day.

• "When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky?"

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• About his writing style, he said, “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.”

Henry Louis Gates believes Hemingway's style was fundamentally shaped 'in reaction to [his] experience of world war.' After World War I, he and other modernists 'lost faith in the central institutions of Western civilization' by reacting against the elaborate style of 19th century writers and by creating a style 'in which meaning is established through dialogue, through action, and silences—a fiction in which nothing crucial—or at least very little—is stated

“Hemingway called his style the iceberg theory: the facts float above water; the supporting structure and symbolism operate out of sight. The concept of the iceberg theory is sometimes referred to as the ‘theory of omission.’” (wikipedia)

Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Idaho

Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Idaho