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Key West 2023-Ode to Ernest Hemingway

Updated: Apr 20, 2023


Another fabulous week in paradise, but my liver, bank account and waistline say it’s time to come home today! We did some new things and stuck with some of the old. Crossed a few restaurants off the list, and visited the Hemingway House this trip.


I never really had any interest in Hemingway, until recently, when I started really enjoying writing. Of course as we planned our most recent trip to Key West, I said I was going to dive into learning about him this time. In addition to exploring anything Hemingway, I read the book “The Moveable Feast”.


What an interesting fellow. Driven, intelligent, adventurous but in the end a sad soul.

Among many great American writers, Hemingway is famous for his objective and terse prose style. As all the novels Hemingway published in his life, The Old Man and the Sea typically reflects his unique writing style.


He began work as a journalist after high school. He was wounded while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I. One of a well-known group of expatriate writers in Paris, he soon embarked on a life of travel, skiing, fishing, and hunting that would be reflected in his work. His story collection In Our Time (1925) was followed by the novel The Sun Also Rises (1926). Later novels include A Farewell to Arms (1929) and To Have and Have Not (1937). His lifelong love for Spain (including a fascination with bullfighting led to his working as a correspondent during the Spanish Civil War, which resulted in the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). Other short-story collections include Men Without Women (1927), Winner Take Nothing (1933), and The Fifth Column (1938). He lived primarily in Cuba from c. 1940, the locale of his novella The Old Man and the Sea (1952, Pulitzer Prize). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He left Cuba shortly after its 1959 revolution; a year later, depressed and ill, he shot himself at the age of 61.


Some famous Hemingway quotes~

“A LIFE WELL-LIVED IS THE ONLY LIFE WORTH LIVING”

“HERE’S TO NEVER BEING A SPECTATOR”.

“IN ORDER TO WRITE ABOUT LIFE FIRST YOU MUST LIVE IT”

“THERE IS NO FRIEND AS LOYAL AS A BOOK”

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