Tag Archives: Ernest Hemingway

A visitor story from the Story of the Day exhibit at the American Writers Museum in Chicago, Illinois. The exhibit features typewriters, but this story declares "I prefer a pencil and paper!"

AWM Story of the Week

“If you use a typewriter you better have strong fingers and little perfectionism. And a waste paper basket.” See more from visitors on Hemingway, typewriters, and writing with pencil instead!

Close-up of Hemingway's Underwood typewriter platen

Typewriter Tuesday: Ernest Hemingway

Welcome to Typewriter Tuesday, a series from the American Writers Museum that aims to shed light on the typewriters and other tools behind some of your favorite works of literature. Check back every Tuesday to learn more about these trusty machines and the writers who used them. Our newest special exhibit Tools of the Trade opened June […]

Transatlantic Writers: Between the Wars

The early Twentieth Century was a critical time for American literature. America was producing its own share of writers inspired by the Modernist experiment across the Atlantic, and those experiments in turn shaped American literature in perpetuity. In this period, many Americans went across the sea to Europe – most famously with the so-called ‘Lost […]

Open pocket watch and person writing

The Right Time to Write

When is the right time to write? What is the best setting? What’s the ideal age and stage of life to begin penning that memoir or novel that’s been hiding inside you for years? These are questions that have plagued established and novice writers for centuries. I recently read numerous interviews with well-known authors that […]

An old book and open compass with the label "life is an adventure"

“I read it in a book”: Building a Literary-Inspired Bucket List

Perhaps you have an ongoing bucket list or life list of all the things you want to do before you die or before you reach a major milestone. It may include adventures such as skydiving, hiking the Appalachian Trail, seeing a Broadway show, or taking a cooking class. And perhaps your list already includes literary-themed […]

War of the Words: Cather vs. Hemingway, 1923

In 1922, Willa Cather’s foray into the subject of World War I, One of Ours, was published by Knopf. The novel follows Claude Wheeler, a young Nebraskan who has become disappointed with the monotonous direction of his life. Wheeler yearns to dedicate himself to something besides the years of farming and marriage which stretch out […]

“Such Friends”: Maxwell Perkins and Ernest Hemingway

As with F. Scott Fitzgerald, his first major author, Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins [1884-1947] found Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961] through a chain of people—including Fitzgerald himself. Hemingway was recently home from the war, dumped by his nurse-girlfriend, Agnes, writing ads for Firestone Tires in Chicago. He met a red-head from St. Louis, Hadley Richardson, and was […]

Friend or Foe: Writers and their Feuds

Friction among writers has all the earmarks of a good fiction story, but make no mistake; it does exist in real life. Writers have long been associated with harboring resentment over the success of their colleagues, especially when their work has not reached the same levels of popularity. Competition does not always occur on the […]

F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Such Friends:” Maxwell Perkins and F. Scott Fitzgerald

By: Kathleen Dixon Donnelly Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins [1884-1947] and author F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940] were born 12 years and thousands of miles apart. In my research into Perkins’ management style, I learned the details of the interesting story of how they were brought together. When Scott attended the Newman School in New Jersey, he […]

Fireworks and Breezeblocks: The Music of American Writing

In November of 2010, Katy Perry’s dance-pop anthem to confidence, “Firework,” debuted on the American charts. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Top 100, topped charts around the world, and was nominated for a Grammy. At the time, few would have guessed that the club song and its music video, which featured Perry […]