Ernest Hemingway: The Man and His Work

Ernest Hemingway: The Man and His Work

Ernest Hemingway: The Man and His Work

Ernest Hemingway: The Man and His Work

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The picture of Ernest Hemingway by John Groth which leads off this volume serves several good purposes: It introduces Hemingway, as a man; it places him in a familiar milieu--"War and rumors of war" is Hemingway's constant background--and Groth's notes are written with the proper measure of respect, admiration and curiosity which should govern the reaction of a young artist to an older man, to the Titan. Both Hemingway and Groth were war reporters, and although the younger man's tools were sketchbook and pencil as against typewriter and copypaper, Groth realizes that his reactions to this war were strongly conditioned by Hemingway's reports of World War I. (It is worthy of ironic note that John Groth began his career as a discovery of Esquire Magazine during that period when Esquire published so many of those Hemingway pieces which draw critical fire from the critics gathered in this volume.

Several things about the Groth portrait, however, are worthy . . .

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