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I don’t know about you, but my hubby and I enjoy visiting the homes of famous authors. Several years ago, we visited the Hemingway home at 907 Whitehead Street in Key West, Florida. It’s a beautiful old historic home that fits right in with its surroundings. My photos are old, dating back to the time before digital photography was as common as it is today. I took them with a Cannon AE-1 using film. Remember having to buy film for cameras? These are not the best photos I’ve ever taken, but then, I was just a tourist, and never expected to publish them.
Of course, my favorite part of the house was his study. We were told the curators have kept the room just as he left it. I felt a sense of awe just being in the room where he once penned so many masterpieces of literature. Of course, he worked in other places, too — Paris and Havana, to name just a couple. Hemingway led a bohemian, hedonistic lifestyle, and was married multiple times. For more information about his life and adventures check out my review of the book, Love and Ruin. It’s the 2nd of a two-book series, and is about his affair with, and marriage to Martha Gellhorn told from her point of view. The first book is The Paris Wife which I have but have not yet read.
Yep, we saw those famous polydactyl (six-toed) cats of his. Well, we actually saw the descendants of the ones he had. There are 40 to 50 of them on the property today. The funniest thing I remember related to the cats is the “watering hole” he put in the back yard just for them. It’s an old urinal from a bar or restaurant he once frequented. The rain barrel above it catches fresh water to keep the “watering hole” filled.
There is a cat cemetery with concrete stepping stones used as grave markers bearing the cats’ names. Each cat was named after a famous person. Here’s one of those cats now.
This is the first blog post I have sent out in quite a while. I plan to send them out on a regular basis now. If you would like to share your literary interests with me, I will make an effort to send you blog posts about only the type of books you enjoy.
Those of you who are authors know my reviews include critiques of grammar, punctuation, word usage, etc. Let me know if you want blog posts targeting your special interests in this area. Those posts will be just for writers, and not sent to my entire mailing list. By targeting the interests of my readers, I hope to limit the mail flooding your inbox.
Hemingway wrote 18 novels, 2 novelettes, 24 short stories, and dozens of poems. I remember him most for my favorites, A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Then there is the one I was forced to read in high school: The Old Man and the Sea. I have to admit I did not like that one. I have not written reviews of any of them because it has been too long since I read them. If you want to take a look at them, here are some links to read the summaries on Amazon: