London Free Press | 13Jul2011 | Orest Slepokura

Hemingway was right

There's a heartbreaking scene in A.E. Hotchner's firsthand biography Papa Hemingway where a distraught Hotchner pleads with Ernest Hemingway to get a grip after the Nobel laureate reacts with outrage to the belief he is being tailed by FBI agents. Back then it was assumed this "paranoia" was a telltale sign of Hemingway's mental illness. Now 50 years after his death by suicide we learn the author was, in fact, under close FBI surveillance. [1] To quote an old expression: Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean someone's not out to get you.

1. "Fresh claim over the role the FBI played in suicide of Ernest Hemingway," Peter Beaumont, The Guardian, 03 July 2011.

Orest Slepokura, Strathmore, Alta