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Ken Burns’ ‘Hemingway’ documents the novelist and his life | The Kansas City Star

Ernest Hemingway at Finca Vigia, his home in Cuba in the 1950s. Behind him on the steps is his fourth wife, Mary, who would become his widow. Courtesy of A.E. Hotchner

By Steve Paul Special to The Star, April 04, 2021 05:00 AM, Updated April 04, 2021 08:44 AM

Three and a half decades ago, the earth moved beneath the foundation of the Ernest Hemingway industry. The old-school, tired image of the great American writer as a brawling, blustery simpleton took a self-inflicted punch in the gut.

Hemingway — master of the fishing rod, the shotgun, the declarative sentence — had killed himself in 1961. His literary stature was stuck in a long recession, but, as had happened three times earlier, an unfinished manuscript was plucked from his archives, tailored into a certain commercially agreeable shape, and, in 1986, landed before the reading public, this time with startling revelations.

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