spacer Hemingway with marlin catch Hemingway's passion for hunting and fishing ran as deeply as his passion for writing, and although his literary endeavors were the main source of his fame, his celebrity rested as well on his reputation as an avid outdoor sportsman. By the mid-1930s, when this picture was taken on a pier in Key West, Florida, he was, in fact, on his way to becoming the best-known fisherman in America. He was also becoming a pacesetter in developing new and more aggressive techniques in deep-sea fishing, which, according to one expert, ultimately transformed the sport.

Hemingway showing off his marlin catch with his friend,
American bullfighter Sidney Franklin (in beret)

Unidentified photographer / Gelatin silver print
Image courtesy Ernest Hemingway Collection, John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, Massachusetts


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