Michael Reynolds Hemingway: The 1930s

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Hemingway: The 1930s

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"[R]eads like a novel, filled with strongly drawn characters and a wealth of lively detail.... The book offers as much insight into the creative process as it does into this crucial period of our history."―Lee Smith

In the years between A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway matured as a writer against the backdrop of Cuban revolutions, African game trails, Key West impoverishment, and the Spanish Civil War. He experimented in fiction and nonfiction, pushing his limits as a writer, in such works as Death in the Afternoon, Green Hills of Africa, and To Have and Have Not. In this "masterpiece in the making," Reynolds brings us so close to Hemingway that "you can all but smell Hemingway's whisky breath coming off the pages" (Library Journal). Photographs

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If Paris and Spain in the '20s provided the scene for Ernest Hemingway's writing apprenticeship, it was the decade that followed that saw the writer mature to the height of his powers, as told in the third volume of Michael Reynolds's five-part biography of the American writer. It was also the time that marked the creation of the "Hemingway myth," the burden and eventual doom of his later years. Hemingway "the great white hunter," "the boozing brawler," "the literary pugilist" began to take shape during his 30s, and the brilliance of his mature work carries within it the inevitable ripeness of decline and self-parody. (His friends would comment on the "long white whiskers" that Hemingway would metaphorically assume when talking about art, life, and literature, even as a young man.) Reynolds stretches his timeline back to 1929 to cover both the publication of A Farewell to Arms and the stock market crash. The next 10 years saw the publication of many of his major novels and some of the finest short stories, as well as such "nonfiction" as Death in the Afternoon, The Green Hills of Africa, and the collected pieces of war correspondence that would serve as source material for For Whom the Bell Tolls. The writer, increasingly celebrated and successful, made new friends, quarreled with old ones (including John Dos Passos and Edmund Wilson), and met and fell in love with the glamorous Martha Gellhorn--the writer with whom he covered the Spanish Civil War and later married. As with his other biographies of Hemingway, Reynolds balances a clear enthusiasm for his subject with a keenly honed critical sense, chronicling not only the triumphs but also the ruthless nature of the writer's ambition to achieve them. He is particularly good at tracing how his subject's experiences--from fishing with friends off Key West to the African veldt to the battlefields of Spain--were translated into his fiction, through Hemingway's uncompromising effort to "put a thousand intangibles into a sentence." --John Longenbaugh

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This new biography focuses on the complex Hemingway when fame is hitting full force--the years between "A Farewell to Arms" and the writing of "For Whom the Bell Tolls." During the bleak years of the thirties, Ernest Hemingway matured as a writer against the backdrop of Cuban revolutions, African game trails, Key West impoverishment, and the Spanish Civil War. Reaching for a prose not yet written, he experimented in fiction and nonfiction, pushing his limits as a writer. In a sympathetic narrative, Michael Reynolds creates a rich map of Hemingway's journey from promising young novelist to literary lion. He gives us the look and feel of the times and the people, as well as the give and take of literary life. These are the years of Hemingway's "Esquire" essays and war dispatches, the years that produced "Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "Green Hills of Africa," years from which emerged the larger-than-life Hemingway. We come away from this book knowing more about what Hemingway wrote and why. We also know more about where we as a people have been, for Hemingway explored every element of this decade with the intensity of a natural historian. Drawing on a wealth of new material and period documents, Reynolds adds a human touch to a writer too often seen only in caricature. "Hemingway: The 1930s" illuminates a time, a place, and a man that have captured the American imagination and defined the American experience.

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