|Key West's #1 Tourist Attraction: The Ernest Hemingway Home|
|Ernest and Pauline around the time of their marriage|
|"That writer with the bullfights." The Hemingways in Pamploma, 1928|
|Ernest and Pauline, Key West, 1930's|
He did not live for long in the Key West house. In 1936, at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, he met the woman who was to become his third wife, a renowned journalist with a thirst for adventure. He divorced Pauline and married Martha Gellhorn, who writes, in her memoirs, that the great Hemingway was not much of a lover. In fact, she wrote, she was certain that in spite of his macho reputation, the only women he’d ever bedded were the four women he married.
“I want to write a blog about why I think Hemingway was a lousy lay,” I told an artist friend the other day.
“Of course he was,” my friend said. “He hated women.”
So that’s the general take on Hemingway’s machismo around here.
|Peeking over the wall|
People touring the Hemingway House often ask the guides to show them the room where Hemingway shot himself. It happened in Idaho, not Key West. Hemingway was 61 years old, and had just complained to a close friend that as a writer, he could not retire (in fact, a rather cheering thought for me). Writers have to write and produce, no matter their age, he said. And Hemingway could write no more. It made him crazy enough to kill himself.
|Spencer Tracy and Hemingway during the filming The Old Man And the Sea, Cuba 1957. Tracy was nominated for the best actor Oscar. He lost to David Niven's performance in Separate Tables.|