Writers at work: Ernest Hemingway

How much rewriting do you do?

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

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

Getting the words right.

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

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