To have tours, or not

Hemingway's typewriter and binocularsFrom the residents of the town of Ketchum, to the author’s family, nobody can agree whether the Idaho house where Ernest Hemingway committed suicide should be open for public tours. According to the Seattle Times, the site remains more or less as Hemingway left it:

Even the antelope heads in the living room, with their marbled eyes, appear to be waiting for him. They stare out at a room frozen in time, suspended even in its slight messiness. The Life magazines look recently perused. Papers lie strewn on a table. Next to the fireplace is a black-and-white RCA television. He used to watch prizefights from the long, green couch across the room. The fabric is worn where he sat.

The photograph at the top right was taken without permission from a photo essay documenting the home and its surroundings. Visit the essay page for photos of the house itself and an enlarged version of the typewriter shot.


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