70 Days With Hemingway And Me

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R.I.P. Ernest Miller Hemingway

July 2nd, 2009 · No Comments · Hemingway's Death

Today — July 2, 2009 — marks the 48th anniversary of Hemingway’s death.

According to the entry on Wiki:

Hemingway attempted suicide in the spring of 1961, and received ECT treatment again. On the morning of July 2, 1961, some three weeks short of his 62nd birthday, he died at his home in Ketchum, Idaho, the result of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. Judged not mentally responsible for his final act, he was buried in a Roman Catholic service.

Hemingway is believed to have purchased the Boss & Co. shotgun he used to commit suicide through Abercrombie & Fitch, which was then an elite excursion goods retailer and firearm supplier. In a particularly gruesome suicide, he rested the gun butt of the double-barreled shotgun on the floor of a hallway in his home, leaned over it to put the twin muzzles to his forehead just above the eyes, and pulled both triggers. The coroner, at request of the family, did not do an autopsy.

I hope Hemingway found in death the peace he sought in life.

But I doubt it. Somewhere, he’s probably still writing about lost souls, dashed hopes, bitter ironies, and the meaninglessness of existence.


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