Sunday, May 31, 2009

In Celebration of the Reissue of A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway's iconic description of his time in Paris in the 1920s is due to be reissued in June, restoring sections of the book that were removed by his fourth wife, Mary, prior to publication. See the Wikipedia article on the book and Christopher Hitchens' review of the reissue in Atlantic for scoop on the tantalizing passages that were suppressed in the original edition.

In honor of the republication, I'm going to return to my tracing of Hemingway's footsteps in Paris with this post and a number of others to follow.

Our first stop on the tour is a bit depressing: the Hotel Beauvoir, where Hemingway's first wife, Hadley, and their son, "Bumby" (aka Jack) stayed after Hemingway's decision in 1926 to leave Hadley. If you follow the link for the hotel, you'll find that they boast about the "romantic" Hemingway suite, which is a bit rich considering the circumstances.

From a top floor window in the hotel, Hadley could have seen the nearby apartment she shared with Hemingway (described in my earlier post), as well as the hotel where Hemingway trysted with his soon-to-be-second-wife, Pauline. That doesn't exactly evoke flowers and champagne now, does it?

Hotel Beauvoir

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