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Hemingway Adventure

Chapter 8: American West

Michael Palin - Hemingway Adventure‘This is a cock-eyed wonderful country,’ wrote Hemingway to his artist buddy Waldo Peirce, after two weeks in Wyoming in August 1928. Despite his close acquaintance with Italy, France and Spain, this was the first time the much-travelled twenty-nine-year-old had tasted the wide open spaces of his own country.

The birth of his second son two months previously had brought him back from Europe and the need to get away and finish his new novel (which became A Farewell to Arms) had sent him out to the American West in search of peace and quiet.

He returned many times to the Big Country on the eastern slopes of the Rockies. It was a safety valve, a place to hunt and shoot and fish and finish books and read proofs well away from the metropolitan literary environment he disliked so much.

He never made a home here, that is, until the winter of 1958, when he and Mary first rented and then bought a house on a hillside in Ketchum, Idaho. But by that time the West was no longer the place where he could get away from his problems. It was the place where his problems finally caught up with him.
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  • Series: Hemingway Adventure
  • Chapter: Chapter 8: American West
  • Country/sea: USA
  • Place: Bozeman, Montana
  • Book page no: 233

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