Carlene Fredericka Brennen, long a newspaper editor and publisher in southwest Florida, spent over 30 years researching Hemingway’s life in Key West, Bimini, and Cuba. She co-wrote Hemingway in Cuba with Hilary Hemingway and worked on the award-winning documentary film by the same name. She coordinated the International Hemingway Festival on Sanibel Island and the First Annual Hemingway Flats Fishing Tournament on Captiva Island in 1997. He has also recently co-written two books with Randy Wayne White, a Gulf Coast cookbook and a book about tarpon fishing. She lives in Fort Myers, Florida, with her husband and a good many cats.
Hemingway's Cats: An Illustrated Biographyby Carlene Fredericka Brennen, Hilary Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway always had cats as companions, from the ones he adored as a child in Illinois and Michigan, to the more than 30 he had as an adult in Paris, Key West, Cuba, and Idaho. All are chronicled and most are pictured here, along with revelations of how they fit into the many twists and turns of his life and loves. In 1943 Ernest Hemingway, living in the Finca in Cuba with his third wife and eleven cats, wrote to his first wife:
One cat just leads to another... The place is so damned big it doesn’t really seem as though there were many cats until you see them all moving like a mass migration at feeding time.
He called the cats “purr factories” and “love sponges” who soaked up love in return for comfort and companionship. He gave each a name that suited its character, including F. Puss, Fatso, Friendless, Feather Kitty, Princessa, Furhouse, Uncle Woofer, and his last cat in Idaho, Big Boy Peterson. you'll also meet his nine dogs, a cow, and a young great horned owl that he rescued not long before his death. Hemingway’s Cats reveals a softer side to the writer’s character than is usually portrayed by the macho image of the hunter and fisherman. He sought the cats’ comfort in times of loneliness and stress, and he featured some of them in his writings, particularly in A Moveable Feast, Islands in the Stream, The Garden of Eden, and True at First Lightall written late in his life and as close to autobiography as he came.
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Ms. Brennen has captured a different 'Papa' from any of the other biographies I have read. She shows the softer side of him. I always thought there was more to him than the macho hunter that many other authors chose to portray. She really did a fine job of explaining what made him tick and gave possible explanations for the suicide. If you get the opportunity to see Ms. Brennen talk about her book I recommend you take advantage. She has some interesting side stories to tell.
Outstanding! If your looking for a feel-good book, this is the one! Incrediable photos and copy that keeps you reading til the end.
This book is a must have! Other than a fantastic read, the artistic display of the photos has a softer side and is refreshing after a long day of TV's and computers.