September 28, 2008 |
George Bernard Shaw's typewriter is up for grabs at AbeBooks.com -- it could be yours for roughly $8,600. Shaw's most lasting work, the play "Pygmalion" (which inspired "My Fair Lady"), was not written on this typewriter. Because he wrote "Pygmalion" in 1913 and didn't acquire this one until 1935. Shaw did use this typewriter but for other writing.
September 26, 2008 |
The famous six-toed cats at Ernest Hemingway's island home aren't going anywhere. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum announced Thursday that it had reached an agreement with the federal government that allows the 50 or so cats to continue to roam the grounds, ending a five-year battle that could have resulted in the felines being removed or caged. Most of the cats descend from Snowball, a cat given to the novelist in 1935.
February 29, 2008 |
CHICAGO -- He's at it again. He won't leave me alone. Can you file a restraining order against an author who's been dead for 46 years? Probably not, you say? Rotten luck. Then I'll just have to find some other way of persuading Ernest Hemingway to get out of my head, to move along, to find some other poor soul to bother. Ignoring him doesn't work.
October 7, 2007 |
middlebury, vt. -- No matter where he lived, Ernest Hemingway cared what people thought of him back home. That's clear from a letter he wrote to his father, Dr. Clarence Hemingway, from Paris in 1925. A collection of short stories, "In Our Time," had won good reviews in the New York newspapers. He hoped the local press in his hometown of Oak Park, Ill., would take note as well, he said, "so they will hear I am not considered a bum in N.Y. at least."
October 7, 2007 |
Bayfield, Wis. It was a good sunrise. It was a true sunrise. Hemingway would have liked it. I stood on the shore of Lake Superior in this tiny Wisconsin town -- not exactly Ernest Hemingway country -- but I was traveling on the way to one of Papa's youthful fishing spots in neighboring Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and I didn't figure he would take offense at my slight geographical error.
July 29, 2007 |
Of the dozens of bars across the globe that can probably claim legendary writer and imbiber Ernest Hemingway as a former regular, Sloppy Joe's in Key West, Fla., surely boasts the most entertaining way to honor the writer's memory. Earlier this month, the bar hosted its 27th annual Hemingway look-alike contest.
March 31, 2007 |
Ernest Hemingway, the self-appointed "Papa" of the literary world, liked calling his women friends "daughter," among them Marlene Dietrich, a bond documented in letters as steadfast, passionate and likely platonic. The correspondence between the icons, who met aboard an ocean liner in 1934, details a complex, flirtatious relationship that offers no new evidence they were lovers.
September 5, 2006 |
I HAVE NEVER BEEN sponsored by a bourbon before. But before my book was published, I had to learn lots of new things. Things, I must point out, that Ernest Hemingway was never asked to do. Marketing and PR, for instance. It used to be that the publisher handled that, but now, not so much. These days, I'm expected to keep a blog, negotiate my own merchandising deal and dress up like a giant book at the state fair.