Who could not help but love the tragic yet brilliant American writer Ernest Hemingway – a man whose prodigious ability to drink is said to have helped him write the way he did. I knew his tale was tragic because I knew of his suicide and read many of his dark novels such as The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms. I remember standing years back looking at his yacht and listening to a guide explain how this amazing author always wrote standing up and with the liquor close within his reach. Which begs the question: Was it his evident mental instability that made him such a genius? This article will serve as an informative backdrop should you choose to consider the question. Some parts of the article broke my heart and yet taught me much more about this beloved writer than I had ever known – I hope you find it as interesting as I did!