Here are a few things we learned about Greg and Ernest Hemingway:
- John’s father, Gregory, was a transgender/cross-dresser and eventually had a sex change, and turned him from Gregory-->Gloria
- Gregory, like his father, was bipolar, and his wife was schizophrenic
- Ernest’s book Island in the Stream was basically autobiographical: it was about a family, three sons, and a son that was smart, but had a dark side to him, as well as his father, which reflected Ernest’s family life
- Ernest himself had many effeminate suggestions in his own writings, especially in his short stories from the early 20’s
- Gregory was arrested for walking into a bar while dressed as a woman. His mother and father found out and screamed at each other on the phone; not too long after his mother went to the hospital and died a stress-related death. Ernest blamed Gregory…Gregory criticized his father’s accusations, yet he could never forgive himself.
- Unknown to many people, Gregory was the example of a constant Hemingway hero: manly, strong, yet had a compassionate and fragile side.
Enjoy those pearls of wisdom that are given to you. If anybody is interested in learning more about Hemingway's life, and/or John's new book, here is the link to his blog: