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A journalistic gem..piece by Hemingway in the Toronto Star, 1923

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JR, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. JR

    JR Active Member

    Hemingway was a reporter for the Toronto Star from 1920-23.

    Here's a piece he wrote on the dying oak trees in High Park, a 400 acre park in the west end of the city (a couple of miles from where HC & I live).

    It's a fabulous place with great oak savannahs, a five acre pond and also home to Toronto's only Little League organization. It's a true oasis in the city. Not Central Park but close.


    And in typical Hemingway fashion, here's the lede:

    A chill, cold wind blows over High Park. There is snow in the air.

    Other trees sway with the wind. The pines seem to enjoy it.

    But the oaks are sullen and rigid. Stripped of their leaves by the wind, they stand stiff and despairing looking against the sky. For the oaks are dying.

    Cool or what?
  2. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    it is pretty to think so.
  3. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    There is a book devoted to his newspapering writing. It is good.

  4. JR

    JR Active Member

    This is why I love this place.

    Thanks Inky

    Never knew about this book (originally published in '67)

    And lo and behold, I just reserved a copy through the Toronto Public Library
  5. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    JR, have you read "For Whom the Bell Tolls" yet?

    I know it's not about journalism, but it's required reading.
  6. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    You're welcome.

    There's also "Hemingway On Writing" which is exactly as it sounds ...

  7. JR

    JR Active Member

    I've read all of Hemingway's fiction & short stories. Hasn't everybody?
  8. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    Thanks. I just ordered it.
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