How Hemingway's Letters Bid 'A Farewell to Macho'

Oct 25, 2011

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd recently wrote that Ernest Hemingway, on the 50th anniversary of his death by his own hand, is having a bit of a renaissance.

Some of the fuel for that is provided by the publication of the first -- of a planned 16 volume -- collection of his letters. The collection is intended to be absolutely as inclusive as possible. The goal is to leave nothing out and, as Hemingway's son said, let the chips fall where they may.

Letters like Hemingway's are enormously valuable, at least to people who care about the truths in them.

In fact, today's show got me to thinking about tomorrow's show, which will deal in part with the claim that Shakespeare did not write the plays of Shakespeare.

Can you imagine the way that world would gasp and tilt if someone discovered even one letter written by Shakespeare? But then, as we'll see today, what we learn in letters does not always flatter the letter writer.

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