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Commentary on "Hills Like White Elephants"

a short story by Ernest Hemingway (1899-1960)

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"Hemingway’s aesthetic theory . . . stated that omitting the right thing from a story could actually strengthen it. Hemingway equated this theory with the structure of an iceberg where only 1/8 of the iceberg could be seen above water while the remaining 7/8 under the surface provided the iceberg’s dignity of motion and contributed to its momentum."--from the Hemingway Resource Center

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Photo of Ernest Hemingway waving a bullfighter's cape while actress Ava Gardner and world famous bullfighter Dominguin look on was downloaded from one of the six "Papa Pages": http://www.ee.mcgill.ca/~nverever/hem/bio_p6.html 

According to the site author, Marcel Mitran, the picture is the property of JFK Library, Scribner's Sons or A.E. Hotchner. Specific attribution is supposedly at http://www.ee.mcgill.ca/~nverever/hem/preface.html#copyright , which I was not able to contact. The photo may not be copied for profit.


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