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Ernest Hemingway

July 21 
"The world breaks everyone, and afterword many are strong at the broken places."
                                                                                -----Ernest Hemingway
 
Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 - July 2, 1961).  Born in Oak Park, Illinois.
Died in Ketchum, Idaho, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 61.
 
As noted by Noel Riley Fitch in his work Walks in Hemingway's Paris, " Ernest Hemingway is probably the most famous American expatriate to serve his literary apprenticeship in Paris."  And it was Sylvia Beach, owner of the bookstore Shakespeare & Company, who played a pivotal role in that apprenticeship. 
 
Other contemporaries of Hemingway's during this time (Lincoln Steffens, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein)  also inhabit the Sylvia Beach Hotel.....but it is with Hemingway that I begin my
birthday celebrations.  Below are some photos from the Hemingway room, and a framed quote card that I left as my birthday present to the room. 
 
In the wise words of Ernest:  "Write when there is something that you know, and not before, and not too damned much after."
 
My Guest Journal Entry:  So, Ernest, you old coot--Happy Birthday.  You certainly aren't my favorite author in this hotel, but I'm starting with you...because you (like F. Scott and Gertrude) were close to Sylvia in Paris AND because your writing style was simple enough for me to teach you to my students in my American Literature class at the National Universite du Zaire in 1978.  So YOU are my first author in my book:  Birthdays at the Beach.  Gentle Readers, when you return to the Real World, you can find my other musings on Ernest at: www.birthdaysatthebeach.com --Kelly
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