Tuesday, August 11, 2009
On August 11, 1937, Ernest Hemingway tore open his shirt showing his hairy chest to Max Eastman and shouted “What do you mean accusing me of impotence?” Then he wrestled Eastman to the floor. Hemingway was 38, Eastman was 44. Both were practitioners of what is known as "muscular prose." The event took place in a publisher's office. Hemingway appears 16 times in A Book of Ages.