Saturday, December 16, 2006

Ernest Hemingway was gay?


Truman Capote reportedly called Ernest Hemingway "the greatest old closet queen ever to come down the pike" (Conversation with Robert Jennings in 1968 - hemingway wore dresses)

There has been speculation that Ernest Heminway and F. Scott Fitzgerald were gay lovers.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda Fitzgerald, said that Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald behaved like lovers.

There has been speculation that Hemingway's homophobia was a cover for his homosexuality.

During Hemingway’s life, "rumors persisted of a night when Hemingway made advances on Robert McAlmon. McAlmon claimed Hemingway treated him like he 'was Vicky, the buxom, tough, and beautiful tart of the cabaret'" (Into Something Rich and Strange: Pages 6-10)

According to Warren Bennett, "Hemingway's interest in variant sexual behavior as a subject that could be exploited in fiction was kindled . . . in 1920 when Hemingway began reading Havelock Ellis's Erotic Symbolism" (Bennett, Warren. "Sexual Identity in `The Sea Change.'"Ernest Hemingway Middle-Class Masculinity)

There are several homosexual characters in Hemingway's books.

The Mother of a Queen is about a homosexual bullfighter.

In A Simple Enquiry, an Italian major unsuccessfully tries to seduce a young lad. (Ernest Hemingway)

There is boy-loving male artist in Across the River and into the Trees. The painter conceals his sexuality by mixing with women. (Ernest Hemingway)

In Islands in the Stream, a boy has backgammon lessons with an older man. The man talks to the boy about André Gide's homosexuality. (Ernest Hemingway)

In Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, the boy visits Santiago's shack each night, 'hauling back his fishing gear, feeding him, and discussing American baseball...' The boy, 'worried during the old man's endeavor, cries upon finding him safe asleep. The boy brings him newspapers and coffee. When the old man wakes, they promise to fish together once again.' (The Old Man and the Sea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Hemingway, as a boy, was dressed in girl's clothing by his mother. (Ernest Hemingway)

Hemingway's The Garden of Eden, published in 1986, 'is an extraordinary rhapsody on male sexual passivity, with a central character who needs to be penetrated by a woman more boyish than himself.' (Ernest Hemingway)

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5 Comments:

Blogger simon c said...

Yep. Gay.

3:30 AM  
Blogger simon c said...

Yep. Gay.

3:31 AM  
Blogger simon c said...

Yep. Gay.

3:31 AM  
Blogger simon c said...

Yep. Gay.

3:32 AM  
Blogger j said...

sounds gay to me

11:18 AM  

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