Meet and mingle with Ernest Hemingway's grandson

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 03:55 PM.

"It was humbling. It makes you think about what he had accomplished," he said.

Through the years, John has talked to family members who met and knew his grandfather and could give him insight into the man who is legend.

John has read all his grandfather's writings and says his favorites are his short stories.

Many have researched and examined Hemingway's writings and in turn written about the man, but in penning his own book about him, John looked first and foremost to personal correspondence between his father and his grandfather.

John describes his book "Stranger Tribe: A Family Memoir" as a biography of his father, who was bipolar, and in his later years, referred to himself as Gloria. The book addresses the issue of his father's cross-dressing and sex reassignment and its connection to Ernest Hemingway.

Hemingway said he was close to his father at times, and at times not. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, he was not.

"With him being bipolar, there were plenty of ups and downs," he said.

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