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Literature - November 6, 2015

Portrait of Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer, Paris, Circa 1927. (Photo Courtesy of JFK Presidential Library)

Q: Ernest Hemingway wrote much of his novel A Farewell to Arms while living in a suburb of Kansas City. Name the town!

A: Mission Hills, Kansas  

In 1928, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Pauline were living in Mission Hills, Kansas – at the home of W. Malcolm Lowry and his wife, Ruth. It was here (at 6435 Indian Lane) that Hemingway finished writing one of his best-known novels, A Farewell to Arms. Pauline, Hemingway’s second wife, was pregnant at the time. She gave birth to Patrick Hemingway by way of a Caesarean section. Later, Ernest Hemingway presented a signed copy of his novel to Dr. Don Carlos Guffey, the Kansas City doctor who delivered Patrick and his second son, Gregory. The book is now held by the library at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  
Fun Factoid: At one time, Ernest Hemingway was a reporter for the Kansas City Star.

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