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Monday, March 20, 2023
A Look Back At Hemingway At War
I recently had a discussion with a friend
about the late, great writer, Ernest Hemingway.
My friend, who was a genuine combat soldier
during the Vietnam War, scoffed at Hemingway’s bragging about his experience in
war. He said Hemingway was a coward and fraud.
Yes, I replied. Hemingway was a flawed
human being – aren’t’ we all?
Hemingway was by all accounts a boozer,
a braggart, and a bully. But he was also one fine writer, and he was certainly
not a coward according to two officers who served alongside him in WWII when he was a correspondent with Collier’s magazine.
Both OSS Colonel David Bruce and Colonel
Buck Lanham, an infantry regiment commander, attested to Hemingway’s bravery
Back in 2017, I reviewed a fine book
about Hemingway at war for the Washington Times.
You can read the review via the below
link or the below text:
HEMINGWAY AT WAR: ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S ADVENTURES AS A WORLD WAR
By Terry Mort
Pegasus, $27.95, 304 pages
As a Hemingway aficionado since my early teens, I’ve read all of
Ernest Hemingway’s novels, short stories, his letters and most of the
biographies written about him. I’ve also read collections of his journalism,
including the six articles he wrote as a war correspondent for Collier’s
magazine during World War II.
Since his suicide in 1961, there has been a steady stream of books about Hemingway, whom many suggest may be the greatest and most influential writer of the 20th century.
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