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Prominent among the subjects of the Mightier Than the Sword Collection will be writers, politicians, national heroes and other notables. It is therefore appropriate that The Hemingway Pens form the first family in this new series. Ernest Hemingway was one of the most innovative and influential writers, reporter and novelists of the 20th century, one who wrote, coincidentally, with Montegrappa pens.
About Ernest Hemingway
Born at the very end of the 19th century, Ernest Miller Hemingway (21 July 1899 – 2 July 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer and journalist who would define writing in the first half of the 20th century. With a terse, economical and understated style, he indelibly influenced the fiction writers who would follow in his wake. As if his magnificent prose was not enough, Hemingway also exemplified the writer who lived life to the fullest.
Having written so powerfully on the themes of love, war, wilderness and loss, Hemingway’s legacy to American literature is his style. After his reputation was established with the publication of The Sun Also Rises (1926), he remained a major figure in the literary world through works that included Death in the Afternoon (1932), Green Hills of Africa (1935), To Have and Have Not (1937), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) and Across the River and Into the Trees (1950).
Of particular significance in the history of Montegrappa is Hemingway having spent time during World War I in Bassano del Grappa at Villa Cà Erizzo, next to the pen manufactory. One of his greatest works, A Farewell to Arms (1929), was inspired by his relationship with a nurse during his time in Veneto and many of the descriptions of the area draw inspiration from the views of Bassano. Set during the Italian campaign, it is a first-person account of American Frederic Henry, serving as a Lieutenant in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army.
In 1953, Hemingway was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Old Man and the Sea, which was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to their awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Hemingway in 1954. Of that novel, he said that it was “the best I can write ever for all of my life.”
Yet another postscript has been added recently to this remarkable man’s life. Following the 13 November 2015 terrorist incident in Paris, the deadliest attack it had seen since World War II, Hemingway’s posthumously-published memoirs of life in the city, A Moveable Feast, became a bestseller in France. Bookstore sales of the volume surged, and copies of the book became a common fixture among the flowers and candles in makeshift memorials created by Parisians across the city to honour victims of the attacks.
The Hemingway Pens
The Hemingway Collection is divided into four “chapters”: “The Soldier”, “The Writer”, “The Fisherman” and “The Traveller”. Each of these chapters of his life is embodied in a pen, offered in the three types, including fountain pen, roller and ballpoint. In keeping with the accoutrements of the era, the packaging itself has been inspired by the notebooks used by reporters during the First World War.
Each model in the four topics is a limited edition of 100 examples, totalling 300 pens for each subject. All pens in the series will be produced in celluloid with sterling silver trim. In addition to the silver editions, 10 examples of each of the three pen types, in each of the four chapters, are trimmed with 18k gold.
Celluloid colours were chosen to create the mood for each model: Bamboo Black for The Soldier, Turtle Brown for The Writer, Mediterranean Blue for The Fisherman and Charcoal Black for The Traveller. The trims are produced in diamond-cut Sterling Silver, personalised with Hemingway’s signature and the Montegrappa logo around the cap.
Embellishing the pocket clip, cap and barrel ends are symbols defined by the subject of the pen. For The Soldier, the barrel end shows Bassano’s bridge, military symbols and the Red Cross Ambulance. The Writer prominently features a typewriter. The Fisherman bears the symbol of the marlin, also one of Hemingway’s signatures. The Traveller is adorned with airplanes, maps, sea lighthouses and exotic palms. All invoke the spirit of the writer who single-handedly transformed modern writing.