In the lead-up to the Hemingway Society conference in Wyoming and Montana, we welcome Darla Worden to explore some fascinating connections between Hemingway and the American West.
Worden is the author of the book Cockeyed Happy: Ernest Hemingway's Wyoming Summers with Pauline. She's also the founder and director of the Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris and the Wyoming Writers Retreat.
Although we may not associate Hemingway with the American West, Worden describes the importance of Hemingway's summers in Wyoming in the late 20s and 30s, his writing of A Farewell to Arms, his time with his second wife Pauline, and his love of the outdoors. Worden uses these Wyoming days to examine Hemingway's evolving persona, the complexities of his marriage and fatherhood, and the way Wyoming factors into his fiction. We even get the chance to discuss the obscure story from Winner Take Nothing, "Wine of Wyoming"!