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This comprehensive and far-ranging collection of essays by renowned Hemingway biographer Jeffrey Meyers is an invaluable exploration of fascinating, previously neglected aspects of the writer's life and work. Topics include the FBI's intensive surveillance of Hemingway and its apalling abuse of power; his friendship with film stars Humphrey Bogart and Gary Cooper; his encounters with and portrayals of war; Hemingway's matadors, who inspired The Dangerous Summer; how Hemingway mastered his public image, and how it ultimately imprisoned him; an astute examination of the rampant growth of the Hemingway myth; and revelatory discussions of For Whom the Bell Tolls, Across the River and into the Trees, A Moveable Feast, and some of his most famous short stories. It also contains the controversial essay by Lawrence Kubie that addresses psychoanalytic aspects of the writer's work and personality, and which Hemingway suppressed.
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Jeffrey Meyers is the author of several biographies, the most recent of which is Orwell: Wintry Conscience of a Generation. Cooper Square Press has published his biographies of Edgar Allan Poe, Joseph Conrad, F. Scott Fitzgerald, D. H. Lawrence, and Katherine Mansfield.Review:
Based upon archival research and personal interviews, the essays recreate biographical and historical contexts that illuminate many facets of Hemingway's work and career. The style of the pieces is characteristically direct and assertive. Whether or notreaders agree with all of his conclusions, they will find the essays of Jeffrey Meyers accessible, informative, and invigorating. (Hugh Witemeyer, The Future of Modernism )
Meyers is an adventurous scholar who finds out things about Hemingway that have eluded his less adventurous rivals....In the final essay of this lively collection, he goes behind the scenes to reveal himself as a shrewd and indefatigable searcher after the truth of his subject. (Eugene Goodheart, Does Literary Studies Have a Future )
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Book Description Macmillan, 1986. Condition: New. Illus. with photos (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0333421264