Monday, July 07, 2008

Running Of The Bulls

This week it is the "running of the bulls" in Pamplona, Northern Spain, at the Festival of San Fermin. Young men have been participating in this ceremony since the 1600's, but Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" published in 1926, made it the event that it is today.
Gertrude Stein recommended to Hemingway that he take a vacation there to help him "clear his head" and concentrate on the business of writing a novel.
These photos are from 1925, one year before he finished his novel.
Top photo: Hemingway on the left, Harold Loeb, Lady Duff Twysden, Hadley, Don Stewart and Pat Guthrie.
(If you click on the bottom photo, you will see Ernest just in front of the bull as he participates in "the amateurs.")
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david santos said...

Happy week for you.

KayEllen said...

Oh my I didn't realize the running with the bulls has be going on that long...
Wonderful article and history info:)


GMG said...

Hi Paul! This month promises to be even more hectic than the already chaotic previous ones, and unfortunately not due to San Fermin... ;) Anyhow, a blogging break is absolutely needed to balance the atmosphere. So here I am enjoying your another wonderful post on Papa's life! I wonder where did you find this last picture!
Thanks for your comment on Blogtrotter, where I’ve now posted my 401st post (on Ann Arbor, Michigan).
Have a great week!

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Hey Paul! Great Pictures!! I had to laugh when I thought of "clearing the mind" and "running with bulls" going together!! But, I'm guessing that if you are running with bulls your mind would get pretty clear on things!!
Have a great week!
Karla & Karrie

Shionge said...

Yo fantastic shot and I still love the excitment of bulls run :D

Carlos said...

Great content and great pictures Paul. I'm sure this is one of the most intense experiences one can have. No doubt he cleared his head :)

Shionge said...

Hey thanks for the comment pal, I really can call you ;)

Kathy said...

I've been there during the Run...crazy, fun, crazy and more crazy! Had NO IDEA of the history of Hemingway's connection to the event. Thanks for such interesting and fascinating info