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Ernest Hemingway A Moveable Feast & Paris

A Moveable Feast & Paris

Anderson was correct that all the good writers were in Paris. Among the authors and artists who established themselves there in the years after World War I were Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Anderson himself. It was a cohort of young people whom Gertrude Stein nicknamed the Lost Generation—those who caught only the tail end of the excitement and drama of World War I and then faced the great letdown of the war's aftermath. Some expatriates in Paris at the time drank their days away in the cafes. Hemingway did plenty of drinking (for the rest of his life, he bore a scar on his forehead from a drunken collision with a Paris skylight) but was also a disciplined writer. He traveled around Europe writing pieces for the Toronto Star, using his immense powers of observation to record life for the newspaper. One of his editors, Charles Scribner Jr., called Hemingway "one of the most perceptive travelers in the history of literature."blank">The Sun Also Rises) or had no veil at all (A Moveable Feast).

In Paris the Hemingways befriended a woman named Pauline Pfeiffer, a fashion reporter who sometimes traveled with the couple. She and Ernest began an affair. Hadley divorced him in 1927, and a few months later he and Pauline married. In his memoir, Hemingway blamed Pauline for seducing him, saying that a the ploy of befriending a woman in order to steal her husband was "the oldest trick there is." It might have been an old trick, but it was one that Hemingway fell for more than once in his lifetime.