Friday, July 21, 2006

Some Paris Color

Aux premieres loges I
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Transatlantic Review

Ford Madox Ford's little magazine. Hemingway was both a contributor and editor.
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Monday, July 10, 2006

Sherwood Anderson

Sherwood Anderson was one of the most influential people in Hemingway's early years as a writer, before he left for Paris.
Ernest was living with a friend, Y.K. Smith in a seven room apartment house in Chicago.
He landed a job editing a monthly magazine called The Cooperative Commonwealth.
Anderson lived near the apartment and was a welcome visitor. When Hadley and Ernest were thinking of getting married and going to Italy, Anderson said they ought to go to Paris instead. Anderson wrote letters of introduction for Ernest to Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Beach at Shakespeare and Co.
Anderson even recommended the Hotel Jacob for when the Hemingway's landed in France and an introduction to Lewis Galantiere who helped them find the apartment at 74, rue du Cardinal Lemoine.
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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Ford Madox Ford

Ford Madox Ford, James Joyce, and Ezra Pound in Paris.
Ford believed in Hemingway's talent and made him a contributor and then an editor of The Transatlantic Review.
In "A Moveable Feast," Hemingway doesn't seem to be too pleased
with Ford's physical appearance or personal hygiene. It appears to
have been an odd relationship.
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Friday, July 07, 2006


This photo is from 1925, Ernest is in front of the bull; in the white pants and dark sweater.
He first went in 1923 after Gertrude Stein mentioned the Festival of San Fermin in Northern Spain as a good change of pace for him. He went for the second time in 1924 & again in 1927.
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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Ezra Pound

Top photo: Ezra Pound;
Next, a book jacket of Pound's poetry;
Then a photo of Pound, John Quinn, Ford Madox Ford, and James Joyce in Ezra Pound's studio.
Ezra Pound was a poet by profession, but he was a generous adviser by instinct, and many a writer, among them T. S. Eliot and James Joyce, benefited from his artistic counsel, encouragement, and editing. Pound met Hemingway early in 1922 and quickly took him on as a protégé. From Pound, Hemingway learned "to distrust adjectives" and received valuable guidance in how to compress his words into precise images. Many years later, Hemingway called Pound "a sort of saint" and said he was "the man I liked and trusted the most as critic."With a recommendation from Ezra Pound, Ford Maddox Ford let Hemingway edit his fledgling literary magazine: The Transatlantic Review. In recommending Hemingway to Ford, Pound said "...He's an experienced journalist. He writes very good verse and he's the finest prose stylist in the world."
Ford published some of Hemingway's early stories, including "Indian Camp" and "Cross Country Snow" and generally praised the younger writer. The magazine lasted only a year and a half (until 1925), but allowed Hemingway to work out his own artistic theories and to see them in print in a respectable journal.
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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Seine

The Seine, Paris

In "A Moveable Feast" Hemingway has a chapter called People of the Seine. This is the same chapter where he talks about the sellers of used books on the quais.
He mentions that he likes to walk from 113 rue Notre Dame des Champs down to the park on the Seine at Notre Dame. He would buy a bottle of wine, some bread and a sausage, and eat and relax watching the fisherman.
They fished for anything but a good catch was a sardine-like fish called coujon. He said they were delicious fried whole and that he could eat a plateful. They were called fritures cooked that way.
When he had the money he would go to a restaurant called La Peche Miraculeuse and eat coujons served with a white wine. He said the scene was right out of a Sisley painting and a story by Maupassant.
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Hemingway In 1925

This was the rear cover
of "The Sun Also Rises."
He wrote the first draft
In two months after their
trip to Pamplona to see
the bullfights in the Festival
of San Fermin.
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Monday, July 03, 2006

A Sidewalk Cafe

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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Paris As Art

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Hemingway Publicity Photo

Hemingway, 1928, in a photo taken by Helen Breaker. This was one of a group of publicity photos that his publisher - Scribners - wanted taken. According to Dorothy Parker, women who saw these pictures turned "all of a quiver," and she worried that their publication drew too much attention away from Hemingway's virtues as a writer.
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They Wintered In The Alps

Gstaad, Berner Oberland

Almost as soon as they found their first Paris apartment
the Hemingways traveled to the Alps for a few weeks of skiing.
This became a ritual, wintering in the Swiss and Austrian
Alps to escape the dreariness and dampness of Paris in the winter.
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Looking Out From The First Apartment

A photo taken out of the
window of 74 rue du Cardinal
Lemoine; possibly Hemingway
took this shot himself.
His work room was around the
corner at 39 rue Descartes.
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Saturday, July 01, 2006


Hadley Richardson in 1928. Married for less than 6 years to Hemingway, she was 8 years older than he and had a yearly income of approximately $3,000 from a trust fund. It was a comfortable income considering the lifestyle of poverty they lived in Paris.
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Books Sellers On The Seine

Hemingway would walk the river's edge when he was through with work or needed to think something out.
It was also a good place to find books written in English that were very cheap. A lot were left behind in hotels by Americans and sold very cheaply since many were given to the booksellers for nothing by workers in the left bank hotels. They thought the bindings were badly done and how good could the content be if it was in English?
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The Luxembourg Gardens

The Jardin du Luxembourg was one of Hemingway's
favorite retreats. The Gardens comprise sixty acres in the center of montparnasse. It was on the way to the Musee de
Luxembourg where he went to admire the Cezannes.
He would occasionally run into Gertrude Stein there
as she walked her dog.
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