Meet and mingle with Ernest Hemingway's grandson

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 15:55 PM.

Even though his mother also had mental problems, John has escaped the curse. He has two children, a boy and a girl, ages 16 and 10.

"They know who he (their great grandfather) is. But it's not something that stands at the center of their existence. They are normal kids," he said.

During his research prior to writing his memoir, John said he learned a lot about his grandfather, with the most interesting coming from his posthumously published "The Garden of Eden," which hit shelves in 1986.

"This book basically caused a literary tidal wave," said John. "Before release of this work he was largely viewed as a lover of women, wine, a fisherman, a macho man. Doing a 180-degree turn people then saw a macho man with a twist — macho revolutionalized. They asked themselves if this was a writer they did not know."

"He was the student of a lesbian who sent him to see bull fights where the groom is symbolized by a bull and the bride by the bullfighter. After the dance the sword is inserted. It touched upon his ideas of the union between male and female. It made sense," he continued. "There have been thousands of books published and interest in everything he has written about. He made Pamplona famous and it became a world-wide event."

A Conversation With John Hemingway is sponsored by the Rosemary Beach Foundation. The Oct. 10 event will be held at Rosemary Beach Town Hall with a wine reception at 6 p.m. and lecture at 6:45 p.m. A book signing will follow. Tickets are $100 per person or $150 per couple. Space is limited.

Hemingway said he does not go into such talks with notes and each one is different.



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