The Young Hemingway (Magill's Literary Annual 1987)
Ernest Hemingway the writer has long been celebrated as one of the giants of modern literature: a Nobel Prize-winner, an inspirer of endless imitators, a master of prose style, a creator of internationally acclaimed fiction. Hemingway the man, though, has not fared well at the hands of biographers and critics; his faults were too many and too obvious. He was a liar, a poseur, an ingrate, a braggart, and an unfaithful husband. During the years following World War II and particularly after he was awarded the Nobel Prize, Hemingway was often in the news, but the private Hemingway was little known to the general reading public until after the publication of Leicester Hemingway’s memoir, My Brother, Ernest Hemingway (1962). A. E. Hotchner’s Papa Hemingway (1966) depicted a largely repellent Hemingway in his closing years. A more favorable, full-length portrait appeared in Carlos Baker’s Hemingway: A Life Story (1969). Many later writers, including members of Hemingway’s family, added details that were sometimes favorable but often harshly critical of the man who was often confused with the personae in his writings, who seem so often to be based on their author.
What made Hemingway the man he was, and how near was his resemblance to the protagonists of his stories and novels? Michael Reynolds, the author of several earlier books on Hemingway, attempts an answer in The Young Hemingway, an intensive and revealing study...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1987)
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