Ernest Hemingway Wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls in Chengdu

Authors: Go Chengdu

2016-01-14

New evidence indicates that American writer Ernest Hemingway wrote the draft of his famous novel For Whom the Bell Tolls in Chengdu during his visit to the city in 1941.
New evidence indicates that American writer Ernest Hemingway wrote the draft of his famous novel For Whom the Bell Tolls in Chengdu during his visit to the city in 1941.
Records from Chengdu Archives Bureau show that Hemingway came to Chengdu in April 1941 with his third wife Martha Gellhorn, soon after their marriage. He was one of the many writers and journalists from Western countries arriving in China during the Anti-Japanese War. The couple stayed in the city for three months and spent their time in an old-style building in downtown Chengdu — the blue-brick building in Shangye Street still stands in the office complex of CPC Sichuan Committee — where Hemingway completed the draft of For Whom the Bell Tolls. This evidence is confirmed by an account by Chinese-British writer Jung Chang, in which she said: “Ernest Hemingway stayed in Chengdu for three months, during which he finished the draft of For Whom the Bell Tolls at one of the rooms on the third floor of the building...”
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