The Day I Became a Matador - A E Hotchner

“He said, 'You know, this is my first time as a matador manager and I'm rather nervous. How about you?'”

Photo by Sarah Stacke

The Day I Became a Matador

by A. E. Hotchner

A man's relationship with a famous writer takes an unexpected twist.

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You can read Ernest Hemingway’s side of the story in The Dangerous Summer.

All photos by Larry Barrows, LIFE magazine.

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A.E. Hotchner gets advice from his “manager”, Ernest Hemingway, before the bullfight.

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The subjects of The Dangerous Summer, from left to right – Ernest Hemingway, Luis Miguel Dominguín, A.E. Hotchner and Antonio Ordóñez.