Ernest Hemingway’s first work of fiction which he wrote aged 10 found in freezer bag –

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 “the little fellow that pays the rent” and the occasional 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.

“When daylight comes the castle falls in ruins and O’Donahue returns to his grave,” 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 “Dink” Bruce whose father worked for Hemingway and became his confidant.


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