Ernest Hemingway was a columnist for the Toronto Star from 1920-1924 where he wrote 191 stories. More than 70 of them are currently accessible via the digital archive (free). A newsprint version of the material is also available for sale.
Direct to “The Hemingway Papers” Digital Archive
The legendary writer’s reporting from the Toronto Star archives, featuring historical annotations by William McGeary, a former editor who researched Hemingway’s columns extensively for the newspaper, along with new insight and analysis from the Star’s team of Hemingway experts.
In fact, when Hemingway came to what was then the Toronto Weekly Star in 1920, he had already witnessed the horrors of World War I as an ambulance driver in Italy. Now, at 20, he was both toughened and scarred. For the next four years, he would file 191 stories for the paper, many of them on quintessentially Papaesque subjects like fishing, sports and war. Indeed, the Star’s online database in divided into the following categories: Abroad; At Home; Culture; Sport; Vice; War.
Many of these were filed from the United States, where he returned in 1921. He lived in Chicago, which was then in the process of acquiring its Prohibition-era gangland reputation. This quality, surely enticing to his Canadian audience, Hemingway plays up in this colorful description from a Nov. 6, 1920 column: “The Wild West hasn’t disappeared. It has only moved. Just at present it is located at the southwestern end of Lake Michigan, and the range that the bad men ride is that enormous smoky jungle of buildings they call Chicago.”