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Opening Arguments

Mountain retreat

Papa gets some brand-new digs:

KETCHUM, Idaho - Ernest Hemingway's final home in this central Idaho mountain town — with its astonishing array of the author's personal possessions — is perhaps the most enigmatic, and certainly the least visited, of the houses the Nobel Prize winner once owned.

As a result, it's mostly remembered as the place where the writer killed himself in the main entryway with a shotgun in 1961.

Taylor Paslay is working to change that image with research that could end up being the foundation for protecting the aging 1950s house that neighbors in nearby modern mansions have suggested be picked up and carted off.

It is a good house. It is a strong house. It is a clean, fine house. But there was a death in the afternoon, so now it is a quiet house.  The house can be saved, so the house must be saved.

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Cliff Burns
Mon, 09/24/2007 - 8:54am

I can't believe that this house has not been better preserved and protected. Hemingway was the premiere and most well-known American author of the last century and anything tied to his legacy should have some cachet, don't you think? Thanks for the post, I was unaware of this development...

Mon, 09/24/2007 - 1:53pm

Ah, our very own Leo Hemingway---clever.