Shortly after posting Parts 1 and 2 of my (now) trilogy, I received a very nice reply from the author, Paul Hendrickson, Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961. He forwarded my blog posting and e-mail note to Arnold’s daughter, Dian.
I also wrote James Kaplan, the mastermind behind my reading adventures with Hemingway, and was disappointed I did not receive a reply. I really wanted to let him know how this Esquire article changed my reading life. So it was with a great deal of excitement when I eventually saw he had replied. He deeply apologized for the late reply and then stated, “I enjoyed reading your blog, and enjoyed revisiting my Esquire piece, which I had completely forgotten! Oddly enough I had read Paul Hendrickson’s wonderful (and deeply sad) Hemingway’s Boat just a few months ago without any memory of having reviewed Samuelson’s book. I wonder whether the poor Maestro ever saw my piece in ’85….”
While I don’t know the answer to that comment, I do know that I read it and so I want to thank all involved for enriching both my reading life and my overall life: Arnold Samuelson, Ernest Hemingway, James Kaplan, and Paul Henderickson.