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My grandmother got Hemingway’s autograph in Pamplona in 1959
In 1959, during San Fermín, my grandmother happened to be sitting at a table right next to Ernest Hemingway in the plaza near Cafe Iruña. She recognized him and got him to sign a running of the bulls postcard. I know some people on here are fans of Hemingway’s work, so I figured I’d share a picture of the autograph with y’all.





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re: My grandmother got Hemingway’s autograph in Pamplona in 1959
This is so cool—I just googled Hemingway and Ordonez and found a picture of Hemingway with Spanish bullfighter Antonio Ordóñez in 1959. He must have been with Hemingway when my grandmother got the autograph!



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re: My grandmother got Hemingway’s autograph in Pamplona in 1959
The plot thickens:

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The Dangerous Summer is a nonfiction book by Ernest Hemingway published posthumously in 1985 and written in 1959 and 1960. The book describes the rivalry between bullfighters Luis Miguel Dominguín and his brother-in-law, Antonio Ordóñez, during the "dangerous summer" of 1959. It has been cited as Hemingway's last book.


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Pretty dope


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I just googled Hemingway and Ordonez and found a picture of Hemingway with Spanish bullfighter Antonio Ordóñez in 1959. He must have been with Hemingway when my grandmother got the autograph!
I just happened to run across this photo yesterday [Cue Twilight Zone music]



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Legit cool story bro!


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What an incredible story.!


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re: My grandmother got Hemingway’s autograph in Pamplona in 1959
Want to add another level of intrigue?

After separating from Frank Sinatra in 1953 (filing for divorce in '54 and finalizing it in '57) Ava Gardiner started hanging around with Papa Hemmingway, who introduced her to bullfights and bullfighters including Luis Miguel Dominguín.

Gardiner and Dominguín were lovers for several years afterward.

Although I think the love affair had ended before '59.


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re: My grandmother got Hemingway’s autograph in Pamplona in 1959
Of course I went and bought The Dangerous Summer, and found on page 137 that Hemingway and Ordoñez spent 5 days and nights, starting on 7/7, celebrating in the streets of Pamplona for San Fermín. Ordoñez wanted to fight in Pamplona but didn’t, due to a contract mixup. So, he celebrated with Hemingway instead. The timeline matches up perfectly! I wish my grandmother were alive to read this book. Who knows; maybe she read it! But she never mentioned it.



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