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ERNEST HEMINGWAY 1899-1961

I played each part of my life, as though it were an
elaborate stage show, in whch I wanted
to engage the world.
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter

An American writer and journalist.

His father, a country doctor, blew a horn on his front porch to announce to the neighbours that his wife had given birth to a boy.

He became part of the 1920s expatriate community in Paris, and one of the veterans of World War I later known as "the Lost Generation."

He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for The Old Man and the Sea, and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

Hemingway's Life

His distinctive writing style is characterized by economy and understatement, and had a significant influence on the development of twentieth-century fiction writing.

His protagonists are typically stoical men who exhibit an ideal described as "grace under pressure."

Many of his works are now considered classics of American literature.

PETER Was the instruction you received as a cub reporter on the Kansas City Star the key top your terse, vigorous, but understated style?
HEMINGWAY I learnt how a few words can have more impact than a paragraph.
PETER Is going Home a reward for being good?
HEMINGWAY No, it is an entitlement for the simple fact that you are a piece of the Creator.  All souls go Home, regardless of what experiences they had in the physical world.
PETER In 1927 you married Pauline Pfeiffer, converted to Roman Catholiscism and wrote Death in the Afternoon about bullfights.  Were you attracted by ritual?
HEMINGWAY About that time I seemed to be spinning out of control.  I found in religion a framework for stability.  I found the ritual of the bull ring defined how care must be given to what you fight for.
PETER If you were to return to planet Earth today, as a writer, what would you write about and in which medium?
HEMINGWAY I would create an interactive medium that would encompass the very air around you, such as in holographic projection, where one could interact in his desired realm, whether it be as a lover (of course I've had a lot of experience in that!), as a businessman, as a family man (even if he had no family) and would be able to create his own illusion.

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