29 July 2011

Kid Balzac, Summer 1929.


"In the late summer that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. In the bed of the river there were pebbles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the channels. Troops went by the house and down the road and the dust they raised powdered the trees." from Farewell to Arms, written in 1929.

portrait from Waldo Peirce, 1929.  here



  1. I nice allusion to Balzac; except for the inscription, I would never have guessed this was Hemingway.

  2. yes, agreed-this is the in JFK Library-and isn't that all that makes it so lovely- with that alais.

    Portrait of Ernest Hemingway by Waldo Peirce. Signed by the artist, lower right: "For Ernest (alias Kid Balzac) Key West first April /29 - WP". Ernest Hemingway Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. Photograph accession EH-C10156A.



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