George H. Rothacker, 2010©
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|Ernest Hemingway, circa 1953|
This novella received the Pulitzer Prize in May of 1952 and was specifically sited when Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.
When asked about the symbolism and interpretations of the work, Hemingway emphasized that, "No good book has ever been written that has in it symbols arrived at beforehand and stuck in. ... I tried to make a real old man, a real boy, a real sea and a real fish and real sharks. But if I made them good and true enough they would mean many things.
While visiting Cuba, my wife, our friends and I visited Hemingway's home. It had recently been restored with the assistance of the Hemingway Preservation Foundation. Since Hemingway was forced to leave the home in 1960, it had been looked after by the Cubans, but was decaying. His boat, the Pilar, which is also at the site, was used between 1944 and 1944, and had been armed by Hemingway with machine guns, automatic rifles and grenades for the mission of chasing German U-boats.
The painting, "Hemingway Slept Here" is of his living room as it is today, with him surrounded by his trophies, paintings and prints, books and his table of libations.