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Hemingway and Steinbeck together


This morning's Monterey, California, Herald included front page stories involving Hemingway and Steinbeck. What are the odds of that, two major deceased American writers on the front page of a daily on the same day?

The Steinbeck story, by Kevin Howe, is about the late Dick Hayman, a passionate teacher and collector of anything Steinbeck. Hayman was a driving force in the creation of the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California.

Red Roomer Paul Douglass of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State and co-editor of the Steinbeck Review, told Howe that Hayman's collection of Steinbeck material was ``astounding.'' The collection will be housed at the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies.

The Hemingway story, by Dennis Taylor, concerns Georgianna Main Dickinson of Carmel, California. She has written a book about her mother's relationship with Hemingway. Lucy Marjorie Bump and Hemingway met as kids when growing up in Michigan. Lucy had just caught a fish and Hemingway came along and observed that it was ``a peach of a fish!''

The book is titled ``Pip Pip to Hemingway in Something from Marge.''

Dickinson told Taylor that her mother was ``the real-life `Marge' fictionalized in Hemingway's `Nick Adams Stories.' ''

And, Dickinson said, her mother ``wasn't very happy about it'' and ``never really forgave Ernest'' for it, or for using her real name,

The book is published under Dickinson's maiden name of Georgianna Main.

Both Hayman and Dickinson, by the way, taught at Salinas High, Steinbeck's high school. It is generally though Steinbeck and Hemingway were a bit cool to each other. Today, at least, they share a front page.

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