Papa and his era

  • Hemingway’s Under Kilimanjaro, “lighter and more comedic than the author’s other work,” will appear on bookstore shelves in September.
  • Speaking of Hemingway, Miami’s Lowe Art Museum is featuring a centennial exhibit of “more than 50 paintings and drawings” by Cuban artist Antonio Gattorno, whom Hemingway called “a painter for the world.” The exhibit is a result of years of detective work by an art dealer and a biographer who tracked the seminal works to the attic of a neighbor who bought the twenty paintings from Gattorno’s widow for $20,000 after the painter died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1980. A book Hemingway wrote about Gattorno’s work is also on display at Lowe.
  • While Gattorno and Hemingway were fishing, drinking, writing and painting in Cuba, writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker were flocking to Hollywood to try their hand at screenwriting after Herman Mankiewicz sent writer Ben Hecht a famous cable “that captured the spirit of the place”:

    Will you accept three hundred per wook to work for Paramount Pictures? All expenses paid. The three hundred is peanuts. Millions are to be grabbed out here and your only competition is idiots. Don’t let this get around.

  • “F. Scott Fitzgerald once handed in a manuscript with seven consecutive misspelled words.”

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