Mirroring the plot of ‘The Old Man and the Sea,’ Ernest Hemingway’s unknown short story, titled, “Pursuit as Happiness,” about hunting a huge marlin, has finally been published. It is believed that the story has been written somewhere between 1936 to 1956.
The author’s grandson, Seán Hemingway, came across the manuscript IN the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston.
The story is autobiographical, showing what Hemingway and his friends did, but his Séan says he prefers to think of it as a story.
It is carefully crafted and reads like a short work of fiction. As my grandfather wrote about his memoir A Moveable Feast, which he called fiction, a work of fiction may shed light on actual events,” he said. “It is certainly possible that the story was inspired by a particular fishing trip in the summer of 1933, when the story is set, but in my opinion it was more likely inspired by several different experiences, to which the author has added fictional elements that improve upon the story.
You can find it in this week’s issue of The New Yorker. It will also be featured in a new edition of ‘The Old Man and the Sea,’ acting as a companion piece.