Writers at work: Ernest Hemingway

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INTERVIEWER:
How much rewriting do you do?

HEMINGWAY:
It depends. I rewrote the ending to Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, thirty-nine times before I was satisfied.

INTERVIEWER:
Was there some technical problem there? What was it that had stumped you?

HEMINGWAY:
Getting the words right.

Ernest Hemingway, The Art of Fiction No. 21,
Interviewed by George Plimpton, The Paris Review, 1956

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