Fish Tale: A History of the L. C. Bates Museum Marlin, Taxidermist Fred C. N. Parke, and Ernest Hemingway
Biographical history reconstructing the life and career of renowned Maine taxidermist Fred Parke and his business relationship with Hemingway. In charting their parallel interests in saltwater angling and legacy preservation, Beegel solves the mystery of how Hemingway’s marlin ended up in Maine’s Bates Museum. Covers Hemingway’s love of deep-sea fishing, including his developing reputation as a big game fisherman, occasional aid to museum collections, and eventual withdrawal from the moneyed community of sport fishing following the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. Concludes by discussing Hemingway’s fishing as source material for writing Islands in the Stream and The Old Man and the Sea.