Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

A Biography

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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The first full biography of Ernest Hemingway in more than fifteen years; the first to draw upon a wide array of never-before-used material; the first written by a woman, from the widely acclaimed biographer of Norman Mailer, Peggy Guggenheim, Henry Miller, and Louise Bryant.

A revelatory look into the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, considered in his time to be the greatest living American novelist and short-story writer, winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Mary Dearborn's new biography gives the richest and most nuanced portrait to date of this complex, enigmatically unique American artist, whose same uncontrollable demons that inspired and drove him throughout his life undid him at the end, and whose seven novels and six-short story collections informed--and are still informing--fiction writing generations after his death.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307594679
Characteristics: 738 pages : illustrations


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May 02, 2019

Be ready for long, long slog of a read. This is an extremely detailed textbook like description of Hemingway's life. Ignorant of Hemingway's life I enjoyed the book, but found too many characters (I couldn't keep track of who's who) and too many details that were not very interesting. What was revealing were his struggles with mental illness. I also was amazed at the number of oversea trips and domestic traveling (Key West to Cuba to Spain To Paris to Africa....) taken by boat during those times. I am not sure Hemingway's trips was indicative of travel in those days (maybe travels of the rich?), but it was exhausting just reading about it.

Oct 16, 2018

Detailed account of Hemingway's life, warts and all. And there were a lot of warts. This is a massive tome, so be prepared for a long read. Most of it is quite interesting; sometimes the minutiae and name-dropping gets a bit excessive. Otherwise, a revealing and well-researched biography

ser_library Feb 12, 2018

dense and detailed

Aug 25, 2017

What a fantastic accomplish by Mary Dearborn. A gargantuan amount of research and well structured story lines should undoubtedly help this book win some accolades. Highly recommended.

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