Hemingway. Unavoidable.

Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center

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By David Hammond

Last month, I had lunch* at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott, Arkansas.

I've honestly never been a huge fan of Mr. Hemingway's, though I've read a few of his novels and short stories. Last summer, while working on article about him, I finally visited his Birth Home with Virginia Cassin, who has done a wonderful job restoring the old house. This visit sparked my renewed interest in the Oak Park-born author.

I've posted here several times about Hemingway. I've posted about his iconic presence at Chicago's Eataly and the fact that I run into him everywhere, like Key West and Reims, France.

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer home was owned by the parents of Hemingway's second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, whose family apparently adored the guy. It was through Pauline's relatives that Hemingway had a place to write (they converted a barn for his use) and money to travel (his first safaris were financed by the family).

Honestly, I probably never would have visited the Hemingway homes in Oak Park if I hadn't been assigned an article on the topic of the author, but I'm glad I visited all of them…because, apparently, the world thinks a lot of this guy, and running into him all over the world is largely unavoidable.

 *Obligatory food reference

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