Running With the Bulls

Running With the Bulls

My Years With the Hemingways

Book - 2004
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Sent to interview Ernest Hemingway while working as a reporter in Spain in 1959, Valerie Hemingway was quickly adopted by the literary figure. At the age of 19, a few months after their first meeting, Ernest asked Valerie to become his secretary, but she became more than an employee to this mythic man; she became a constant companion to him and his wife Mary, joining them to watch the bullfights Ernest loved in Pampalona, for long dinners and dancing in the streets of Bilboa, and month-long travels across the Spanish and French countryside.In 1960, Hemingway asked her to travel with him to Cuba, where he taught her to fish on his boat, the Pilar, where she typed draft after draft of 'A Moveable Feast', and Hemingway confessed to her his suicidal thoughts. Upon his death in 1961, Valerie accompanied Mary, Hemingway's widow, to Cuba to sort through the thousands of papers left untouched since his departure for Sun Valley months before. From 1966 until their divorce in 1987 Valerie was married to Hemingway's estranged son Gregory, whom she met at Hemingway's funeral. Valerie and Gregory had four children together, in addition to four from Gregory's two previous marriages.From lunches with Orson Wells to reading early drafts of Hemingway's manuscripts to being serenaded by Frank Sinatra in Spain, Valerie Hemingway was witness to nearly every moment of Hemingway's final two years. Now, with unprecedented access to his personal papers and photographs, Valerie Hemingway offers a unique glimpse into the final years of this literary genius.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780345467331
0345467337
Characteristics: xii, 313 p. : ill

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