1899 to 1961 (USA)
Nobel Prize, 1954
Opening note- this gets my vote for worst cover image for a literary biography so far this century!
Ernest Hemingway pretty much created the prototypical American literary image of the super-macho, hard drinking, womanizing, big game hunting, bull fighting, living at the edge war correspondent writer. He did love cats! The problem for an author of a long comprehensive biographer of Hemingway is that most potential readers of such a book already know the basics of his life. Others can get by with Wikipedia. Everything seems a build up to his death by a self inflicted shot gun blast.
Mary Dearborn's biography is a very detailed chronology of Hemingway's life. She spends a good bit of time explaining who the different figures in his books and stories might have been inspired by in his real life. We learn a lot about his various marriages. Clearly Hemingway needed the support of a woman to function.
Hemingway is a very influential literary figure. I personally prefer his short stories to his longer works. Hemingway was, in my mind, a very American figure. He liked to be surrounded by a group
of sycophants and reacted very badly to criticism of his work.
I am glad I read this book. I was given a review copy.
I endorse it to well endowed libraries. I find the price of $35.00 makes me unable to suggest others purchase this book.