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Hemingway: The Paris Years

Michael Reynolds

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ISBN 10: 0631153527 / ISBN 13: 9780631153528
Published by Blackwell, Oxford, 1989
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Protected jacket and covers in near fine shape, binding straight, pages clean and unmarked. An essential book about Hemingway's development in the 1920s. Bookseller Inventory # 008253

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Title: Hemingway: The Paris Years

Publisher: Blackwell, Oxford

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: Early Printing.

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This book continues the story begun in "The Young Hemingway". Following the author to Paris he traces Hemingway's movements across the city and outside, to Milan, Constantinople, Pamplona, Chartres and beyond, including his travels to and from the United States.

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In the second of his series of five biographies of Ernest Hemingway, Michael Reynolds turns to the years that formed the writer's distinctive style and critical intelligence. He exhaustively chronicles the particular literary influences on Hemingway, oftentimes even recounting the reading lists that the writer received from particular individuals. "Reading The Wasteland with Ezra Pound at one's elbow is no bad way to pick up a thing or two," he dryly observes at one point. He also pays close attention to Hemingway's conversations with, and studying the literature of, Pound, James Joyce, and particularly Gertrude Stein, who later complained that for all of Hemingway's talent, "He looks like a modern and he smells of the museums." Reynolds's sympathy for his subject is so complete that at times his own stylistic voice becomes a sort of homage to Hemingway's--colloquial, declarative, and wry. At times, however, he too liberally assumes the inner thoughts of his subjects. The substantial research and period analysis he commands turn such repeated phrases as "he must have thought" or "it must have seemed to him" into an unnecessary striving for authority. At his best, though, Reynolds not only uses his extensive source material with a critical eye but provides a wealth of information about the social, political, and literary backgrounds of a time and place that were in many ways the dawn of the 20th century's intellectual tradition. --John Longenbaugh

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