Its Ernest Hemingway week and Oak Park, IL is trying to celebrate the man, the literary icon himself, so when I saw this article on July 12th about a “lost love letter” I was not surprised. A coauthor of a new Hemingway book was recently on “Chicago Tonight” and he mentioned this revolutionary letter that was just found in time for Hemingway week.
I mean what is the coincidence? All of the sudden there is a love letter found, from what I gather is that Hemingway was a hoarder so “finding” a love letter from his past is not surprising. I guess it is the timing of this “find” that makes me wonder how pretentious this is. As if normal people cannot put two plus two together and get four, and that this whole finding is merely a publicity stunt done wrong. Hemingway would probably have a novel’s worth to say regarding the blatant exploitation of such letters especially when it is an obvious marketing ploy.
Seriously, how do you “find” a lost love letter in a museum or vault of Hemingway’s possessions as stated on the “Chicago Tonight” interview? Do you find “lost” money when you walk into a bank? Yeah I shook my head to both questions, the first because I wonder how unintelligent these promoters believe the general public is, and the other because it was a great analogy.
If you are going to attend a museum about Ernest Hemingway either you are a student, fan of, or someone who generally knows something about Hemingway, therefore, semi-intelligent, and such an announcement would have had greater weight if done any other time than before a week dedicated to the author himself. To me, it just cheapens the man, his life and his works, if you read some of the criticism leveled onto Hemingway by his mother alone, you will probably agree with me, that such stunts like this are simply tasteless.
Here is the article that mentions the “lost love letter” written by Ernest Hemingway to Von Kurowsky: