Over the years I've read several Hemingway bios (his life is more interesting than a lot of his writing). Along with a great narrative, Dearborn brings fresh insights that had me saying "Of course!" My favorite Hemingway bio so far.
The first full biography of Ernest Hemingway in more than fifteen years; the first to draw upon a wide array of never-before-used material; the first written by a woman, from the widely acclaimed biographer of Norman Mailer, Peggy Guggenheim, Henry Miller, and Louise Bryant.
A revelatory look into the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, considered in his time to be the greatest living American novelist and short-story writer, winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Mary Dearborn's new biography gives the richest and most nuanced portrait to date of this complex, enigmatically unique American artist, whose same uncontrollable demons that inspired and drove him throughout his life undid him at the end, and whose seven novels and six-short story collections informed--and are still informing--fiction writing generations after his death.
About the Author
MARY V. DEARBORN received a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where she was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities.
Acclaim for Mary V. Dearborn’s ERNEST HEMINGWAY
“The most fully faceted portrait of Hemingway now available.” —The Washington Post
“A fresh perspective. . . . Keenly dispassionate, coolly discerning. . . . A kind of extended autopsy, not only of Hemingway’s life, but his reputations as a model of American virility and as an enduring literary figure.” —USA Today
“Perceptive and tough-minded. . . . Dearborn skillfully covers an enormous range of rich material.” —The New York Times Book Review “Fresh. . . . Impeccably researched. . . . Hemingway fans will find something interesting on almost every page.” —Houston Chronicle
“A compelling portrait. . . . Dearborn captures Hemingway in all of his extremes, the story of a hugely flawed and endlessly compelling human being producing enduring art.” —Star Tribune