Valerie Danby-Smith was a nineteen-year-old Irish reporter when she met literary giant Ernest Hemingway in Madrid in 1959. He immediately hired her as his secretary and she travelled with him through Spain and France and became a confidante to him and his wife, Mary. She lived with the Hemingways in Cuba and typed the manuscript for A Moveable Feast. After Ernest’s death, she married his son, Gregory.
In this talk, Valerie Hemingway will discuss her memoir, Running With the Bulls: My Years With the Hemingways, and provide her insider’s perspective on Hemingway as a man and writer. This lecture, “The Importance of Knowing Ernest: Lessons on Life and Literature I Learned from Papa,” will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 5:30pm, in the Sanders Classroom Building, Spitzer Auditorium (room 212). Sponsored by the Department of English, this event is free and open to the public.
Author Norman Mailer called Running With the Bulls “one of the best books on Hemingway that I have read, and it has material to be found nowhere else.”
A freelance writer who has worked for Newsweek and Publishers Weekly, Valerie Hemingway now lives in Bozeman, Montana.
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