A Historical Guide to Ernest Hemingway

A Historical Guide to Ernest Hemingway

A Historical Guide to Ernest Hemingway

A Historical Guide to Ernest Hemingway

Synopsis

The 1999 centennial of Ernest Hemingway's birth marks a time for the re-evaluation of his position as America's premier modernist writer. The previously unpublished essays in this collection plumb unexplored details of Hemingway's life to illuminate new and unexpected dimensions of the force of his literary accomplishments. The essays discuss biographical details of Hemingway's personal and professional life as well as describe the subtleties of his character.

Excerpt

Here, at the turn into the twenty-first century, Ernest Hemingway has become synonymous with American writer. Whenever students, readers, or the general public think of prominent authors, the name Hemingway surfaces. Not only in name, but also in a kind of iconic image—the seriously intent bearded and sweater-clad figure moves into our collective vision. His far36ing eyes reassure us; bis sweetly pursed lips lessen the steely impact of the almost somber visage. Writing is serious business, Hemingway reminds us, the most important business anyone can undertake.

Scarcely nineteen when he understood that time to live was a luxury, Hemingway made his pained way back to health after the 200-odd shrapnel leg wounds hospitalized him on the Italian front during World War I. He was only twenty-one when he married Hadley Richardson, his first wife, with all the conviction of the incurable romantic he was to show himself repeatedly to be. The talk of the international literary world before he was thirty, Hemingway was already living out his—and his readers’— American dream of early, dramatic, professional success. There is nothing the United States loves more than handsome, healthy, hard-driving youngsters, and Ernest Hemingway, disguising his inherent shyness under a commanding facade of eager friendliness, seemed typecast for the role.

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