September 1, 1952

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1952 ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Ernest Hemingway, was first published. His other novel, “The Old Man and His Wife Who Wouldn’t Shut the Hell Up and Gets Taken On a One-Way Fishing Trip to the Sea” was widely rejected by his publisher as having a ‘wordy’ title that was just way too long. His editor, Sarah Truebow, also suggested he re-write the story and leave out the part where he ties an anchor around his wife’s neck and drops her over the side of the boat. Ernest said that if he left that part out, it would wreck the comedic timing of the story’s plot and he’d have to rewrite the entire story from scratch. Sarah advised him to do just that, which he did under protest, until he got his first royalty check and spent it on booze, cigars and prostitutes.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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