Ernest Hemingway in the Spanish Civil War

Ernest Hemingway at Ambite Mill, November 7th (?) 1937

The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection ; ALBA Photo 011-1353.Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY10012, New York University Libraries

This is just a page to do with Ernest Hemingway’s time in Spain. I am planning to conduct tours of where Hemingway was during the Spanish Civil War. This is just the first attempt with Alex Vernon, author of “Hemingway’s  Second War” (University of Idaho Press, 2011) which went rather well. We hope to have members of the Hemingway Society with Alex Vernon and perhaps with Ernest Hemingway’s grandaughter to see the locations connected with him.

The new HBO film “Hemingway and Gellhorn will be released on US cable television on May 28th. Here is a link to the trailer. Despite the slightly later T34 tank in the background of the scene of the two them on a truck, I hope the film does justice to Hemingway and Gellhorn!

Here is an extended trailer:

http://www.filmofilia.com/hemingway-gellhorn-trailer-starring-clive-owen-and-nicole-kidman-89478/

Written 23rd February 2012

In the Footsteps of Ernest Hemingway…..16th to 18th February 2012.

Ernest Hemingway at Ambite Mill, November 7th (?) 1937

The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection ; ALBA Photo 011-1353.Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY10012, New York University Libraries

Last week I had great pleasure in taking Alex Vernon, author of “Hemingway’s Second War” (University of Iowa Press, 2011) to places in Spain  connected with Ernest Hemingway. Alex has been trying to help us date the presence of Ernest Hemingway when he visited the XV Brigade Estado Mayor at Ambite in late 1937, of which we have film and photos (see 21st of October 2011 below), and we are all working on this with other historians in the USA as we speak. We met in Barcelona early Thursday morning and then raced down via the Ebro, Almuchel, Belchite, Teruel and Palacio Ibarra on the Guadalajara battlefield before attending the 75th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Jarama where Hugh Purcell, author of “The Last English Revolutionary. Tom Wintringham, 1898-1949”, gave a talk on the commander of the British battalion at Jarama at CAUM in central Madrid. I now realise that on Alex’s whirlwind tour I hardly took any bloody photos!  Apart from some at Palacio Ibarra, where we made very welcome by the owners,  I have none to show. One of the owners of the Palacio produced two Italian CTV bullets they had found in the grounds! Suprisingly there are bullet holes in the outbuildings. This is where Hemingway reported on the battle of Guadalajara in March 1937. Gustav Regler wrote in his autobiography The Owl of Minerva about the Garibaldis of the XII Brigade trying to persuade the Italians of the CTV in the Palacio to surrender. It is said that the soldiers of the Littorio Division thought they were coming to Spain to star as extras in a blockbuster movie on Scipio in Africa!

One of the pock-marked farm buildings at Palacio Ibarra

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