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Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein

Ernest and Hadley had come to Paris in 1922 so they could live more cheaply on Hadley's $8,000 inheritance, and hopefully give Ernest a chance to develop his writing skills and become the great novelist he knew he could, and more importantly, should be. He introduced himself, with the help of Anderson's letter, to Gertrude Stein who lectured him (while her lover and secretary, Alice B. Toklas, fed Hadley tea and cakes in a separate room) on what it was to be a writer, on what it was to be a painter, to be a musician, to be a dancer, to be, to be.

“It's all repetition, Hemingway, all repetition, remember that.”
And Hemingway did remember, and knew, when he looked at Stein's impressive collection of Cezannes, and Monets, and Picassos, that he wanted to write the way they had painted and were painting: with a clarity, and a vision, and with all the colours and the smells and the tastes, and, and, well everything.

Ernest Hemingway - His Origins and Early Life

Although born in the very upper-middle-class district of Oak Park, Ernest Hemingway's roots go much further back.
Both sides of Hemingway's family came from Yorkshire, England. His maternal grandfather, Ernest Hall, was born in Sheffield in 1840, and as a teenager worked for the family cutlery business before, in 1860, emigrating to America. After serving bravely in the Civil War as a corporal with L Troop of the First Iowa Volunteer Cavalry - and stopping a Confederate rifle ball in his thigh - Hall, refusing a disability pension, started his own wholesale cutlery business in Chicago. He soon became wealthy and built a large house in Oak Park - not far from the Lloyd-Wrights - and cultivated the appearance of an English country gentleman by sporting mutton chop sideburns, carrying a silver headed cane, smoking cigars, and walking his white Yorkshire Terrier.
Hemingway's paternal grandfather, Anson Tyler Hemingway - born in East Plymouth Connecticut in 1844 - was descended f…

Hemingway's The Killers - Starring Burt Lancaster

In early September 1946 the Hemingways moved to Sun Valley. Hemingway loved the bracing air and excellent hunting. As Carlos Baker points out in his 1969 biography of Hemingway “...they dined on game nearly every night, with mountain sheep, elk and venison steaks, pheasants and ducks. After the departure of his brothers, Patrick, who was spending the year out of school, bagged a fat buck for the table. Jack Hemingway returned in October to fish for steelhead trout and celebrate his twenty-third birthday.”
Jack's birthday was marked by a special showing of the film The Killers, based on Hemingway's short story of the same name from 1926, which is one of Hemingway's finest and builds in strength, tension, and terror with every word. It was an ideal vehicle for a Hollywood movie.
The film was made in early 1946, and produced by Mark Hellinger who'd worked for Zanuck at Fox but now had his own production company.
Hellinger was born on the Upper East Side of New York in 1903…

The Wives of Ernest Hemingway

In 1920 Ernest Hemingway lived his bachelor life at 1230 North State Street, Chicago, until he was offered an apartment 100 East Chicago Street.
Many of the apartments were occupied by writers, including Hadley Richardson's friend, Kate Smith, who later married John Dos Passos.
Another of the apartments was occupied by the painter, Kenley Smith, and it was when Kate Smith invited Hemingway to a party in Kenley's apartment, that he spotted Hadley Richardson - a young woman he'd seen playing the piano at a recital some years before.
The couple hit it off immediately, and both of them soon realised they had met the person they wanted to marry.
Maybe both saw in the other the renegade in themselves and a kindred spirit. They both had a love of literature, art, and music, and were looking for a secure place to deposit their emotions. But they were also bursting with sexual desires and frustrations.
Hadley was eight years older than Hemingway and a woman who, at first sight, was of …