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A birthday and some memories

July 21st, 2008 (11:51 pm)

current mood: nostalgic

On July 21, 1899, Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois. Several decades later, I would first "discover" him through The Sun Also Rises and develop a passion for every word he wrote, even those published posthumously, and for learning every thing I could about his life. Maybe I wouldn't have been friends with him--I'm definitely not about big-game hunting in Africa, and his attitude toward women was often abysmal. But I fell in love with his language, his passion for the great outdoors, and the moral codes of his characters, and I'll make no apologies for that.

In 1987, the year before Tom and I married, we took a vacation with friends to Florida that included a drive down to Key West. Since I was there, I opted out of some other group activity one morning so that I could spend time at Hemingway's Key West home. It's been too many years ago for me to remember details about where on the property I took some of these photos, but I offer them to anyone who'd like to enjoy them as a celebration of the birthday of one of our greatest American writers, Ernest Hemingway.

I arrive. Note the Coca Cola polo shirt. Tim said he always wanted one but couldn't afford it. You know what? As a struggling student, neither could I. This shirt was a gift from Lynne.

A couple of shots of the famous Hemingway cats enjoying the fountains. The cats are very friendly and are distinctive for their extra toes.

I think this was in the dining room:

Hemingway's studio with the typewriter he used while in residence there. This is where he worked on Death in the Afternoon, Green Hills of Africa, To Have And Have Not, For Whom The Bell Tolls, and many of his short stories, including "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber."

Tour's over. And I see that I was always a Nikes girl:

You can see far better photos and read about the house at their web site.


If you own any of the books in the opposite side bar and would like them signed, mail them to:
P.O. Box 924104
Houston, TX 77292
Please include three dollars for return postage. Thank you.

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