Saturday, June 4, 2011

Happy anniversary, Papa!

According to the Chicago Tribune, Oak Park's Ernest Hemingway Museum plans to ignore the 50th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway's suicide on July 2, 2011, apparently hoping no one will notice. Fortunately, the truth is hard to hide: museum staff members confirm that visitors frequently ask about the old man's suicide.

It doesn't seem much of a stretch to speculate that growing up in Oak Park had a lot to do with his misery, either. Hemingway left Oak Park for good the first chance he got, and his father, Dr. Clarence E. Hemingway, also shot himself to death -- at his home in Oak Park.

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