[lit-ideas] Hemingway on Hart Crane

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2006 10:17:54 -0700

From page 328 of Hemingway, A biography by Jeffrey Meyers in reference to
Hemingway's life in Cuba:


"There was very little intellectual life and nobody treated Hemingway like a
writer.  He could be one of the boys in boat and bar, and thrived in the
place that had helped to destroy his exact contemporary, Hart Crane.  In a
passage deleted from To Have and Have Not he described the disastrous
decline of the homosexual poet who had jumped off a ship and drowned near
Cuba in 1932.  Hart Crane was an unlucky bugger who always solicited the
wrong sailors and was beaten up.  He had gone to Mexico on a fellowship to
write a great poem and had not been able to do it.  He came back broke and
mentally bankrupt, and was given a dreadful beating in Havana the night
before his boat sailed.  That beating finished him off."





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