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Hemingway's Loneliness


Ernest Hemingway aboard his yacht, Pilar, in 1935. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Almost from the moment he published his first major novel, The Sun Also Rises, in 1926, Hemingway arguably became the most imitated and admired American writer of the century. In 1954, his accomplishments were recognized with the Nobel Prize for Literature. This historic recording is from Hemingway’s acceptance speech in Sweden. He revealed a core part of a writer's life: inescapable loneliness.

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For more information about Ernest Hemingway and his classic novel, A Farewell to Arms, please go to The Big Read website.

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