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New Ernest Hemingway letters show distress over cat's death

London, Sat, 31 Mar 2012 ANI

London, Mar 31 (ANI): A set of newly released letters of Ernest Hemingway have revealed how upset the writer was over the death of his cat.

The celebrated author was forced to put down Uncle Willie after he suffered two broken legs in a road accident, the BBC reported.

"Have had to shoot people but never anyone I knew and loved for eleven years," Hemingway wrote to his friend in the 1950s.

The set of 15 letters will be displayed to the public at the JF Kennedy Library in the US.

Hemingway's correspondence over several years was with Gianfranco Ivancich, a younger Italian man with whom he struck up a friendship in Venice in 1949.

The Nobel Prize winner, whose works include 'The Old Man and The Sea' and 'For Whom The Bell Tolls', also wrote of tourists visiting his villa in Cuba on the same day he was forced to end the life of his pet.

"I still had the rifle and I explained to them they had come at a bad time and to please understand and go away," he wrote.

The writer wrote that one of the uninvited visitors said, "We have come at a most interesting time. Just in time to see the great Hemingway cry because he has to kill a cat."

The war veteran added that it was a difficult task to end his pet's suffering because he had never been forced to kill "anyone who purred with two broken legs." (ANI)

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