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Five things to know about Ernest Hemingway

A new book, “Hemingway’s Brain,” to be released this spring, by Andrew Farah, chief of psychiatry at the High Point Division of the University of North Carolina Healthcare System, includes some little-known facts about Ernest Hemingway.

1. The only variety of mental illness for which Hemingway seemed to have any compassion was shell shock.

2. His depression was noted in his own letters early as 1903, and he required a “rest cure” (when he was age four).

3. The original manuscript of “The Garden of Eden,” is 200,000 words, arranged as 48 chapters, yet it would be edited down to 70,000 words in 30 chapters by Scribner’s.

4. Scott Fitzgerald once described Hemingway as having the quality of a stick that’s been hardened in a fire.

5. In 1936, Hemingway told Archibald MacLeish that he would never kill himself because of what the trauma might do to his sons.

Dannye: dpowell@charlotteobserver.com

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