Revision Decisions With Papa
In the how in the world did I miss this category: Julie Bosman, writing in the New York Times back in July, discusses the 47 separate endings that Ernest Hemingway wrote for what is arguably his best novel, A Farewell to Arms.
Yes, that’s right, forty-seven. That’s a lot of revising. The article points to a new release of the book, one that includes all the alternate endings. They are given titles like The Nada Ending, The Baby Ending and The Fitzgerald Ending (suggested by F. Scott himself). There’s also a section (it might still be operational) where you can try out your hand against the master’s. Can you write a better ending than Papa did?
Give a couple tries, say 46 or so.