ernest hemingway

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hemingway bar, ritz hotel

from ernest hemingway posted in literature by pete_nice

Ernest "Pappa" Hemingway roamed the streets of Paris in the 1920s with other ex-pat writers like Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ford Maddox Ford- but he could only afford to drink at the Ritz Hotel on the Place Vendôme once a week. After a couple of best-sellers, he had a bit more spending money, but by that time the Germans had decided to borrow France for awhile.

Big Pappa didn't appreciate that, so when D-Day came he decided to play soldier as a war correspondent for Collier's magazine. By most accounts, he did a pretty good job- rounding up a gang of Resistance fighters and outfitting them, then drinking at cafés and wine cellars while dodging German snipers on the way to Paris. Their mission: to liberate the Ritz.

On August 25, 1944, while Gen. Jacques Leclerc's 2nd French Armored Division and a number of American units liberated Paris, Hemingway and his band of freedom fighters liberated the Ritz.

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the hemingway home

from ernest hemingway posted in literature by elvis_crabs

Hemingway first arrived with his wife Pauline to Key West in 1928. During a three-week wait for a car to be delivered, Hemingway finished A Farewell to Arms in Key West. Also completed at this location were the short story classics "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber."

After a couple of seasons in Key West, Pauline's Uncle Gus purchased this home for them. The home is filled with mementos of their time in Europe, as well as trophies from Hemingway's African safaris and hunts to the American west.

The home and grounds were a filming location for the 1988 James Bond film, Licence to Kill.

Today, the house is known as The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and is open to the public for tours.

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