Ernest Hemingway’s first work of fiction found in freezer bag – Telegraph.co.uk
In his story, Hemingway goes on to describe a tour of Blarney Castle, the poverty of Ireland and the appearance of thatched cottages. There are flashes of inspiration, such as a pig described by villagers as âthe little fellow that pays the rentâ and the occasionalÂ spelling mistake all laid out in a childish scrawl.
In one of the most compelling passages, he recounts the tale of dead man who returns every year to rebuild the ruins of Ross Castle.
âWhen daylight comes the castle falls in ruins and OâDonahue returns to his grave,â he wrote.
The story came to light in May when Brewster Chamberlin, a local author and historian, was cataloguing the letters, cockfight tickets, X-rays and locks of hair among the archive with the help of Prof Spanier.
The collection is owned by the Bruce family, under the control of Benjamin âDinkâ Bruce whose father worked for Hemingway and became his confidant.