The Independent has an excellent article on the life and death of writer Ernest Hemingway based on an academic article that attempted a ‘psychological autopsy’ to understand the reasons for his suicide.
Hemingway’s suicide has remained a sticking point for many of his biographers as it seemed incongruous with his adventurous, hard drinking and robustly out-going character.
The method aims to get a picture of the dead person’s mental state, health, personality, and social situation to understand what motivated them to take their own life.
The Independent is a careful examination, based on Martin’s academic analysis, that looks at Hemingway’s personality and how the myth of the man had overshadowed many of his personal difficulties for many years.
It’s an in-depth and compelling read that gives a stark look at the darker side of the great writer’s mental life.