Charles Clanton Rogers

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old man

       The Old Man and the Sea

“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.

For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.

How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him.” Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

a farewell to arms

A Farewell to Arms

hemmingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Additional works, including three novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works, were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.

Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to enlist with the World War I ambulance drivers. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms (1929).

In 1921, he married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives. The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s “Lost Generation” expatriate community. He published his first novel, The Sun Also Rises, in 1926. After his 1927 divorce from Hadley Richardson, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer; they divorced after he returned from the Spanish Civil War where he had been a journalist, and after which he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in 1940; they separated when he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II. He was present at the Normandy landings and the liberation of Paris.

Shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea (1952), Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two successive plane crashes that left him in pain or ill health for much of his remaining life. Hemingway maintained permanent residences in Key West, Florida, (1930s) and Cuba (1940s and 1950s), and in 1959, he bought a house in Ketchum, Idaho, where he committed suicide in the summer of 1961. ~Wikipedia

Ernest Hemingway

July 21, 1899
Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died July 2, 1961 (aged 61)
Ketchum, Idaho, U.S.
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1953)
Nobel Prize in Literature (1954)

Charles Clanton Rogers   January 12, 2016

10 thoughts on “Hemingway On Writing

  1. I was never a big Hemingway fan, probably because I was a teen when I was introduced to him, and reading him in school was mandatory. However, Old Man and the Sea was one of my all-time favorites. My first thought, when I read that he had moved to Ketchum, Idaho, was why he would leave such a beautiful place in Key West, and move to Idaho? But I read further, from the link, and now have a better understanding. His mental health was failing him.

    “During his final years, Hemingway’s behavior had been similar to his father’s before he committed suicide; his father may have had the genetic disease hemochromatosis, in which the inability to metabolize iron culminates in mental and physical deterioration. Medical records made available in 1991 confirm that Hemingway had also been diagnosed with hemochromatosis in early 1961. Both his sister Ursula, and his brother Leicester also committed suicide.

    So sad. He still had so much life yet to live. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. bbnewsab says:

      Everything that Victoria Neuronotes touches turns to verbal pearls and insightful, empathetic & compassionate emotions. She’s goodhearted and intelligent like the man (a.k.a. the Sage) who owns this blog.

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      1. BB, you are incredibly thoughtful. Thank you! Hope you’ve been doing well. Been missing you.

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  2. Great post.

    Have you seen his granddaughter’s Mariel Hemingway’s ‘Running From Crazy’ Documentary.

    It was very insightful.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      No; but I will try and find it!🌹

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      1. The full documentary.

        Very interesting.

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  3. bbnewsab says:

    @Victoria Neuronotes: Thank you for missing me. I’ve lost interest, at least temporarily, in blogging in English. After all, I’m just at the beginner’s level when it comes to expressing myself in that language. I have big difficulties finding the right words and the right verbal nuances. But I still love the English language. So I continue reading and following your wonderful blog and KK’s as well.

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