Every time I visit Ernest Hemingway's house in Key West I ask myself why he did it. It's possible that the FBI might have added to his paranoia, but he was already mentally disturbed. One of my favorite writers of all time.
Hoover was the biggest sexual black-mailer in history. Not an opinion. Factual. As the new popular book 'Sex in America' points out. He had files on everyone he thought could be a threat to his position and power. Suicide most definitely ran in Hemingway's family line. His beautiful granddaughter/actress Margot being a fairly recent example. Why would Hemingway be any different from the thousands of others that Hoover had far more damaging info on that didn't take that step. Whats the financial situation of the 13 year friend. Not saying it isn't as this gentleman believes but these points should be known.
As with so many great artists with brilliant minds, mental illness is a definite possibility , conspiracy theories belong to the survivors in his death. You can blame anyone for suicide , but! It was there ....waiting in the shadows as it always is with its victims...... No cause no cure! He suffered from depression, alcoholism , isn't that enough?
This article was sad because while I don't believe the FBI file and surveillence would have been the only reason Hemmingway committed suicide, it would surely have been distressing to a man already experiencing symptoms of mental illness. Thanks for posting this intriguing question.