Recommended article: Ernest Hemingway, his archive and his bibliophile

“As teenagers, Hemingway and his sister would take up to four books from the public library for nightly entertainment. Perhaps then his habit of reading many books at the same time (and having insomnia) originated. Friends of his youth noted that he was always reading "when he wasn't working": eight or ten books at a time, one and a half a day, plus magazines and newspapers, to which he subscribed in large numbers. The literary theories that Hemingway conceived as a consequence of this voracious bibliophilia were bizarre. In 1948, when a strike at the ports in Italy deprived him of supplies, he pointed out that it was because of circumstances like this that bad writers existed. The books that in the absence of new ones he had to reread and bored him constituted an execrable category: in it he included nothing less than Faulkner's Sanctuary, because he had not managed to reread it on a ship.

Extract from an article by Manuel Lucena Giraldo published in ABC Cultural. Read complete.

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