My Favorite Writer: Ernest Hemingway!

The Great Ernest Hemingway!!!

Hemingway working.
Hemingway working.
Hemingway in Cuba with his sons.
Hemingway in Cuba with his sons.
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Ernest Hemingway.
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An aging Hemingway.
An aging Hemingway.
Hemingway ... boxing.
Hemingway ... boxing.

Hemingway's Effect on Me:

Ernest Hemingway is my all time favorite writer. Still it took me about eight years after I first purchased his paper back collections of work -- in the late '80s -- to read him. Hemingway -- in my opinion -- keeps it real. Not that I was happy about that truth telling in "Up In Michigan" I enjoyed it in my very pissed off way.

I was truly believing he was speaking about himself -- except for the ending -- in "The Snows Of Kilimanjaro". I felt like a voyeur.

In "The Capitol Of The World" I wished Paco could have kept his illusions ... a little longer, and his sisters' their escapes from their harsh realities -- whenever they were not working -- forever.

In my very early twenties, when I had first informed my Father I wanted to be a writer he was supportive, but pragmatic. I wanted to just write. He suggested I study writing and for that I would need a job doing something I may not want to, but it would pay for the cost of my writing supplies. He also told me that I should visualize myself as a writer ....

For all the years I have practiced the advice my Father gave me about .... visualizing my future as a writer, I truly did not see myself as a writer .... I thought I did, but I did not.

See, I always was in a rush to learn the writing craft so I could get published by a certain age, or before I died. I was scared I would leave this earth as an unpublished writer. For me that meant I would have been a failure in life. Of course that made me a very sad woman within .... I just did not know that then.

Then, one day, I read, "The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber". Suddenly, at the ending of the story, I closed my eyes. I took a few moments to really see me not famous, and doing talk shows, but working daily in my room, and at my desk ....

I saw my future as a writer, and then I asked myself, What if you die now? It was strange. I felt serene. Oh, I did not want to die, but I was not freaked out about completing my work, because I then understood if I were to die that moment I would be a happy woman, because I saw my future, and it looked good. All of my future days had me working towards my goal of becoming a writer. How could I be unhappy about that?

Now whenever I think of Hemingway a smile comes on my face, because of good old Francis Macomber.

FEELING LIKE AN EASE DROPPER:

I was not really too interested in reading the short story, "Hills Like White Elephants", because I kept thinking about the word, pretentious. That word was used in an episode of the TV show, Frasier where the two brothers -- Miles and Frasier -- were discussing how pretentious the story, "Hill Like White Elephants" was.

I was confused once I actually began reading it, because I understood what was happening, and was embarrassed by my realization as if I were there. Still, like an ease dropper I thought, OMG. Are they talking about .... Then I thought, This is pretentious? What's up with Frasier's writers? What's up with that cast? How could those ... educated people not know what the hell this is about?

I actually felt like a gossipy woman needing to tell all I knew about what I thought I had heard as if the story was true.

Written in 1927, and published in 1928 ... the story's realities are mostly the same today ....

I do not want to tell anyone who has not read this masterpiece the story. For those interested you can read it for free by copying and pasting the link below.

http://www.gummyprint.com/blog/archives/hills-like-white-elephants-complete-story/

If you had read it before, please write your understanding -- of the story -- in the comments area. Thanks.


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N.E. Wright 4 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Wow, I have to check out your work. LOL.

Hemingway is just unbelievable as a writer to me.

Thanks so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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MPChris 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I love Hemingway. Possibly even romantically.

On a serious note, he is my favorite writer of all time, and I believe only second to the Bard himself. I've taken a few creative writing classes, and whenever I write non-genre (and even some of my genre stuff) I write in a style of minimalism. Sometimes I write a hybrid style I like to term vivid minimalist.


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N.E. Wright 4 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Teaches12345,

Sorry I left you hanging. JT my friend. LOL.

I actually had to take a lot of my content out for it to be republish.

I really do love Hemingway! His work shocks me at how it can seem to have been written today.

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is quite interesting. Hemingway inspired many writers. I see that you have a talent for writing as well. However, I agree with JT Walters statement that you left us hanging. I would love to "hear" more through your writings on Hemingway. Thanks for the inspiration.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Hi N.E.,

Did you ask for an interpretation of Hills Like White Elephants? Perhaps I have had too little sleep but that is what I got from the end of the article. I enjoyed the article but I would like to take a stab at what Hemingway was talking about in Hills Like White Elephants which is one of my Favorite short stories.

The story is exceptionally filled with symbolism frpm the field of which represents fertility tp the actual Hills that look like White Elephants. And I think Hills like White Elephants is perhaps the best example of how symbolism could explain a story without actually explaining the conflict of the story.

Here is what I believe the story is about. A man and women who travel through Europe concieve a child. The man wishes her to have an abortion as he believes this is not a good thing. And the woman believes the baby is like a white elephant a sign of wonderful things to come. The man is certain a hill is a hill and not a white elephant and he is trying to convince her to have the abortion. And no matter what they decide in this train station nothng will ever be the same with them ever again. She can no longer love him because he doesn't see this child as a white elephant and he could never love her because she is choosing his life for him.

Oddly, this is not much different then Hemingway's life. He did travel through Europe and one could imagine Hemingway might have found himself in this position quite readily give the times. I have heard reports of Hemingway allegedly being homosexual which if true might mean he never got a girl pregnant but I wouldn't rule anything out as Hemingway was Hemingway.

I read this story with my son and he understood it except the abortion part. He thought the woman wanted to get married.

I could be wrong but that is what I got out of it. Really Great Hub.

JT


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The Blagsmith 5 years ago from Britain

I have a confession - I have not read him. However, your hub encourages me to consider the idea. And also thanks for all the encouragement you have given me.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

We lived in Key West while I was growing up. Loved the old Hemingway house and drove past it many times. Great information on an incredible writer.


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Lyricallor 5 years ago from Croydon

I found this hub interesting and share your love for Hemingway


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Mib56789,

I thank you so much for your very kind words.

Hemingway's work just shocks me on how it just is not dated. LOL.

Traveling with Hemingway. Oh, that sounds so cool. I would have been holding his typewriter. LOL. You would have been luckier carrying his scratch pad though. LOL.

Thank you for the site. I will go to it soon.

Take Care,

N.E.


mib56789 5 years ago

This is an excellent HUB on late Ernest Hemingway, N.E. Wright. Nobody can see say the man isn't an awesome writer. But what I admire about him is he knew where to live! Cuba! The Bahamas! Florida! If I had met him personally, I would have tried to talk him into letting me carry his scratch pad or something. Anything so that I could travel with him. Found a link with details as to why he was awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature 1954. Thought you might like it.

http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laur...


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Yvonnehawk,

I just love his work.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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yvonnehawk 5 years ago

You are so right, Hemingway "keeps it real"! One of his most admirable qualities. thanks for the hub!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Anne,

I know what that is like working in one field to support yourself until you actually can support yourself as a writer. LOL.

Now I visualize myself as a successful writer who is also a single mother, because that is who I am now. LOL.

I thank you so much for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Anne Harrison 5 years ago from Australia

A great article. As an aspiring writer, I relate closely to what you say, about visualizing yourself, day in, day out, at your desk, writing. It's what I do (when I'm not at my day job, earning money to pay the bills!) Thanks, look forward treading more of your work


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Astra,

Ernest is great. I agree with you. LOL.

I thank for your ... praise.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Astra Nomik 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Ernest is a Giant among writers. He deserved the Nobel prize for a lifetime of amazing books and stories he gave to the world. It is what all writers aspire to. Awesome hub. Thank you N.E. :)


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Jo_Goldsmith11,

You will not regret reading Hemingway's short stories at all. I have not completed one of his novels yet, but his shorts are great.

Thank you for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

I have never read Hemingway's work. I will definitely pick myself up a copy and read. He sounds amazing.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Freya,

I know, I love Hemingway's work so much.

Thank you for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Ah Hemingway, a great writer indeed. Nice tribute. ^^


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Ruffridyer,

Yeah, I smile every time I think about "The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber". I just do. It is great.

I am vaguely remembering their conversation. I first thought, 'I do not have an idea', and then I thought, 'hey was it a soup?' I thought that, because the word Teramisu kept nagging me. It does sounds like a soup. I looked it up and it is a dessert. LOL. A cake. LOL. Funny. Still, the word sounds like soup to me. LOL.

I believe that was part of a conversation they had while at the cafe' they always met up at.

Still, of course, I could be wrong.

Hum, I did love Frazier.

Thanks for your kind words, and memory of Frazier. I forgot how much I enjoyed that show.

Take Care,

N.E.


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

A good hub. Francis Malcomber was my favorite Hemingway short story. I also enloyed Frazior. When the Crane brothers talked about a fancy french restaurant They would mention a special dish that was served there. I never knew if the dish was a meat or salad or dessert.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Yes he was Tillsontitan.

Thank you for your comments.

N.E.


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

Hemingway was great, no doubt.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi C-Bless,

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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C-Bless 5 years ago from Canada

I loved reading 'A Farewell to Arms' then seeing the movie version with Rock Hudson. Brilliant! I'm bookmarking to enjoy the full read a bit later. However, thank you for sharing...


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi LadyFae,

Thank you for taking the time to read my work.

Take Care,

N.E.


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LadyFae 5 years ago from Under the Stars

Ernest Hemingway, we most certainly have a shared passion. Thank you so much for publishing this.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Jandee,

My father gave all of us -- I have three younger siblings -- similar advice. It has helped us all ....

My younger brother owns a restaurant, but for years he was a barber. He saved. My baby brother is a doctor, but he partly paid for his education, because he was a barber when school was out. He saved. LOL.

I am hoping my son because a barber on his way to becoming maybe The President? LOL. Actually, I would just settle on his not being arrested ever. LOL.

Thank you for your praise.

Take Care,

N.E.


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jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

I loved the bit about your Dads advice on your writing,seeing yourself as a writer.Also like the way you dip into telling us about Frasier,lovely writing,best from jandee


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Marshacanada,

Thank you for your kind words.

I also appreciate your advice. I actually did not know about the two ads -- from Amazon -- limit.

I doubt if my Hub score goes up, -- LOL. -- but I am going to give it a try.

Thanks again for your ... comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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marshacanada 5 years ago from Vancouver BC

Hi N.E.Wright-Thanks for your hub. I also love Hemingway.

p.s.-There is a new hub rule that says you should only have 2 Amazon adds per hub-maybe that why you write great hubs but you have a low rating.

If you remove some of those adds your rating might go up. Or maybe you don't care about the rating system. I wonder what is the use of hub ratings when I see a good writer like you with a low rating.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Micky,

Hemingway was a Mountain. LOL.

I think he was just the greatest writer. His work is unbelievable to me ....

LOL. I am no Hemingway -- at all. LOL. -- still, your words humble me.

Take Care Micky and have a great Easter Sunday.

N.E.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Yo NE! You really chose a "mountain" to write about here. You are a great writer in your own right. God bless you and the Bronx!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Lynn,

Wow, you toured his home? I am jealous. LOL.

Do you remember the Hemingway Collection of furniture, by Ethan Allen? I remembered always hoping one day I could afford it just so I could sit my desk that was like his and write as he wrote. LOL.

I was young and in my twenties when I thought like that. LOL. Still, it was a -- superficial. LOL. -- goal that I had. Man was I a kid. LOL.

I thank you so much for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hi Yogalkat,

I agree about Hemingway. LOL.

Here again is the site you can click to to get a detailed account about him.

http://www.gummyprint.com/blog/archives/hills-like...

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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YogaKat 5 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

Hemingway is amazing! Thanks for lots of new info on one of my favorite authors.


Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

Love your hub on Hemingway. I was able to tour his house in Key West a few years ago, and he had a lovely home. He also had cats. Lots of cats that still live there. Good luck in your writing!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi CheetahsLady,

I appreciate your kind words.

That is a great sight http://www.gummyprint.com/blog/archives/hills-like...

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


CheetahsLady 5 years ago

Good info here that gave me a reference to use when looking up information about him. Great Hub and I wish you success as a writer! Voted Up


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Scott,

Hemingway was interesting. LOL. My father always had not too flattering jokes about his being Macho. As you can see I ignored them. LOL.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.

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V Kumar,

Thank you for your comments.

N.E.


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V Kumar 5 years ago

Very interesting.Thanks for sharing.


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Scott G. Harrow 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario. Canada.

He was a very interesting individual thanks for this beautiful hub keep it up!!!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey KoffeKlatch,

Yeah, Hemingway is the literary dude. LOL.

My Father would agree with you. LOL.

Thank you for your ... comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

N. E., I have always loved Hemingway, like you I feel he keeps it real. Your father gave you some excellent advice.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Chamilj,

I appreciate your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

Thanks for the information about great writer. Voted up!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hum, Sandra Bullock played Hemingway's first real love interest. I would love to see that film on his life also.

LOL.

I will check Netflix for Sandra Bullock or even Hemingway movies. LOL.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


shygirl2 5 years ago

I know Hemingway was a great writer. I read some of his stories waaaay back, so I don't recall them all. I saw a movie once on his life, where his nurse loved him, but he sent her away. How sad...he loved her too! That's what I remember now of him, sadly to say. You got me wanting to read his work again. :D Wish I could remember the title of the film...Sandra Bullock played the nurse.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Wow,

Thanks, so much Johnny, for your lovely words.

Take Care,

N.E.


Johnny Love 5 years ago

I love how passionate you are in this. so much desire felt for understanding of what is so misunderstood. Thank you for sharing.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Jibowden,

Steinbeck's work is great that is true.

I think I never expected to relate to a man who was always called macho. LOL. That term is totally negative for most women.

Everyone can relate to Steinbeck's human condition stories, and that is what is so great about his work.

Ernest Hemingway's shorts are a bit of a surprise for me.

I thank you for your kind words.

Oh, I do believe in myself as a writer now, but when I was younger? No, not really. LOL.

I thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Jlbowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

Hello N.E.

Besides John Steinbeck, I would have to say that E. Hemingway is one of my favorites. And would like to add, that you could not have described this famous writer any better. Also don't be too hard on yourself about the craft of writing . Even the greatest writers get disappointments from time to time, that's often a part of the writing process. I think that you do have a real talent and special way with words. And I always like to say to others...if you believe in yourself, than whatever you set out to do will inevitably come true. Thanks for sharing this article about E.H.

Jlbowden


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Berns.ancog,

Thank you for such kind words.

Oh, man do I love his work. LOL.

It just amazes me.

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Phoebe,

I remember once bragging about my love of Hemingway's work to my baby brother -- while he was in medical school -- and he dryly stated, "Okay, just don't shoot yourself if you feel you cannot write any longer."

"Hey, that's not cool!" was my weak response. LOL.

Hemingway's talent was just great, and I wish he really did live to be over 100 years old. He would have been using computers. LOL. Wow, Hemingway's work with the use of computers would have been massive. LOL. A girl could dream.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

The way he died was so tragic. His work was amazing, and I cannot believe such a literary genius like him left this world so quickly.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Theseus,

Yeah, Hemingway's work is just way too cool. I smile when I am about to read anything of his.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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theseus 5 years ago from philippines

Hemingway is my favorite, too. I particularly love "For whom the bell tolls". Thank's for sharing.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thanks, Alberich.

I love Hemingway! LOL.

N.E.


alberich 5 years ago

Great!!!!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hipprintz thanks for your comment.

N.E.


Hipprintz 5 years ago

Thank you.

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