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Hemingway’s bridge

The mystery at the heart of "For Whom the Bell Tolls"

This year marks the end of Ernest Hemingway’s century-he was born on 21st July 1899 in Illinois-and the end of my 60th year, (more about that later). The concept of the male hero has changed so much in recent decades that it comes as a surprise to learn that Hemingway is still popular. Last year his books were borrowed 55,000 times from libraries in Britain, ranking him with Virginia Woolf, and well ahead of Joseph Conrad or Aldous Huxley. His enduring popularity is not limited to Britain; his publisher reports that world sales “are at an all-time high.”

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