[1899 - 1961]
The Torrents of Spring (1925)
Hilarious parody of the Chicago school of literature. Poking fun at that
"great race" of writers, it depicts a vogue that Hemingway himself refused
to follow. In style and substance, The Torrents of Spring is a burlesque of
Sherwood Anderson's Dark Laughter, but in the course of the narrative, other
literary tendencies associated with American and British writers akin to
Anderson -- such as D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and John Dos Passos -- come
in for satirical comment. A highly entertaining story, The Torrents of
Spring offers a rare glimpse into Hemingway's early career as a storyteller
The Sun Also Rises (1926) aka
Ernest Hemingway's first big novel immediately established him as one of the
great prose stylists, and one of the preeminent writers of his time. It is
also the book that encapsulates the angst of the post-World War I
generation, known as the Lost Generation. This poignantly beautiful story of
a group of American and English expatriates in Paris on an excursion to
Pamplona represents a dramatic step forward for Hemingway's evolving style.
Featuring Left Bank Paris in the 1920s and brutally realistic descriptions
of bullfighting in Spain, the story is about the flamboyant Lady Brett
Ashley and the hapless Jake Barnes. In an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual
dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions, this is the Lost
Movie (1957) starring Tyrone Power
Farewell To Arms (1929)
The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is
the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front
and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Hemingway's frank portrayal
of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in the
inexorable sweep of war, glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern
literature, while his description of the German attack on Caporetto -- of
lines of fired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized --
is one of the greatest moments in literary history. A story of love and
pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written when he was 30
years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway.
Movie (1932) starring Gary Cooper
Movie (1957) starring Rock Hudson
To Have and Have Not (1937)
The dramatic story of Harry Morgan, an honest man who is forced into running
contraband between Cuba and Key West as a means of keeping his crumbling
family financially afloat. His adventures lead him into the world of the
wealthy and dissipated yachtsmen who throng the region, and involve him in a
strange and unlikely love affair.
Movie (1944) starring Humphrey Bogart and
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for
the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the
greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight," For Whom the Bell Tolls. The
story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades
attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells
of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal.
In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb
account of El Sordo's last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria
and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his
achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at
once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving, and wise.
"If the function of a writer is to reveal reality," Maxwell Perkins wrote
Hemingway after reading the manuscript, "no one ever so completely performed
it." Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than
any of the author's previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels
of all time.
Movie (1943) starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid
Across The River And Into The Trees (1950)
Set in Venice at the close of World War II, Across the River and into the
Trees is the bittersweet story of a middle-aged American colonel, scarred by
war and in failing health, who finds love with a young Italian countess at
the very moment when his life is becoming a physical hardship to him. It is
a love so overpowering and spontaneous that it revitalizes the man's spirit
and encourages him to dream of a future, even though he knows that there can
be no hope for long. Spanning a matter of hours, Across the River and into
the Trees is tender and moving, yet tragic in the inexorable shadow of what
The Old Man and The Sea (1952)
The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in
language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban
fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless,
agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here
Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of
courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in
1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the
literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize
Movie (1958) starring Spencer Tracy
Movie (1990) starring Anthony Quinn
Islands in the Stream (1970)
Published nine years after Hemingway's death, this is the story of an artist
and adventurer -- a man much like Hemingway himself. Beginning in the 1930s,
Islands in the Stream follows the fortunes of Thomas Hudson, from his
experiences as a painter on the Gulf Stream island of Bimini through his
antisubmarine activities off the coast of Cuba during World War II.
Hemingway is at his mature best in this beguiling tale.
Movie (1977) starring George C. Scott
Garden of Eden (1986)
A sensational bestseller when it appeared in 1986, The Garden of Eden is the
last uncompleted novel of Ernest Hemingway, which he worked on
intermittently from 1946 until his death in 1961. Set on the Côte d'Azur in
the 1920s, it is the story of a young American writer, David Bourne, his
glamorous wife, Catherine, and the dangerous, erotic game they play when
they fall in love with the same woman.
True at First Light: A Fictional Memoir (1999)
Both revealing self-portrait and dramatic fictional chronicle of his final
African safari, Ernest Hemingway's last unpublished work was written when he
returned from Kenya in 1953. Edited by his son Patrick, who accompanied his
father on the safari, True at First Light offers rare insights into the
legendary American writer in the year of the hundredth anniversary of his
A blend of autobiography and fiction, the book opens on the
day his close friend Pop, a celebrated hunter, leaves Ernest in charge of
the safari camp and news arrives of a potential attack from a hostile tribe.
Drama continues to build as his wife, Mary, pursues the great black-maned
lion that has become her obsession. Spicing his depictions of human longings
with sharp humor, Hemingway captures the excitement of big-game hunting and
the unparalleled beauty of the scenery -- the green plains covered with gray
mist, zebra and gazelle traversing the horizon, cool dark nights broken by
the sounds of the hyena's cry.
As the group at camp help Mary track her prize, she and
Ernest suffer the "incalculable casualties of marriage," and their attempts
to love each other well are marred by cruelty, competition and infidelity.
Ernest has become involved with Debba, an African girl whom he supposedly
plans to take as a second bride. Increasingly enchanted by the local African
community, he struggles between the attraction of these two women and the
wildly different cultures they represent.
In True at First Light, Hemingway also chronicles his
exploits -- sometimes hilarious and sometimes poignant -- among the African
men with whom he has become very close, reminisces about encounters with
other writers and his days in Paris and Spain and satirizes, among other
things, the role of organized religion in Africa. He also muses on the act
of writing itself and the author's role in determining the truth. What is
fact and what is fiction? This is a question that was posed by Hemingway's
readers throughout his career and is one of his principal subjects here.
Equally adept at evoking the singular textures of the
landscape, the thrill of the hunt and the complexities of married life,
Hemingway weaves a tale that is rich in laughter, beauty and profound
insight. True at First Light is an extraordinary publishing event -- a
breathtaking final work from one of this nation's most beloved and important
Under Kilimanjaro (2005), Robert E. Fleming and Robert W. Lewis, eds.
Death in the Afternoon (1932)
Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting,
Death in the Afternoon reflects Hemingway's belief that bullfighting was
more than mere sport. Here he describes and explains the technical aspects
of this dangerous ritual, and "the emotional and spiritual intensity and
pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of
scarlet serge draped on a stick." Seen through his eyes, bullfighting
becomes an art, a richly choreographed ballet, with performers who range
from awkward amateurs to masters of great grace and cunning.
A fascinating look at the history and grandeur of
bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon is also a deeper contemplation on the
nature of cowardice and bravery, sport and tragedy, and is enlivened
throughout by Hemingway's pungent commentary on life and literature.
Green Hills of Africa (1935)
His second major venture into nonfiction (after Death in the Afternoon,
1932), Green Hills of Africa is Ernest Hemingway's lyrical journal of a
month on safari in the great game country of East Africa, where he and his
wife Pauline journeyed in December of 1933. Hemingway's well-known interest
in -- and fascination with -- big-game hunting is magnificently captured in
this evocative account of his trip. In examining the poetic grace of the
chase, and the ferocity of the kill, Hemingway also looks inward, seeking to
explain the lure of the hunt and the primal undercurrent that comes alive on
the plains of Africa. Yet Green Hills of Africa is also an impassioned
portrait of the glory of the African landscape, and of the beauty of a
wilderness that was, even then, being threatened by the incursions of man.
Hemingway's rich description of the beauty and strangeness
of the land and his passion for the sport of hunting combine to give Green
Hills of Africa the freshness and immediacy of a deeply felt personal
experience that is the hallmark of the greatest travel writing.
Hemingway, The Wild Years
(1962), Gene Z. Hanrahan, ed.
A collection of short stories and essays by Ernest Hemingway during his
youthful wild years. The roaring twenties, Paris, The Spanish Civil war.
All the experiences that made Ernest Hemingway into the man he became.
A Moveable Feast (1964)
Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest
Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the
1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such
as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first
wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with
his craft. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of
Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and
unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized.
By-Line: Ernest Hemingway: Selected Articles and Dispatches of Four Decades
(1967), William White, ed.
Spanning the years 1920 to 1956, this priceless collection shows Hemingway's
work as a reporter, from correspondent for the Toronto Star to contributor
to Esquire, Colliers, and Look. As fledgling reporter, war correspondent,
and seasoned journalist, Hemingway provides access to a range of
experiences, including vivid eyewitness accounts of the Spanish Civil War
and World War II. By-Line: Ernest Hemingway offers a glimpse into the world
behind the popular fiction of one of America's greatest writers.
Ernest Hemingway, Cub Reporter: Kansas City Star Stories (1970)
Ernest Hemingway Selected Letters 1917-1961 (1981)
The death of Ernest Hemingway in 1961 ended one of the most original and
influential careers in American literature. His works have been translated
into every major language, and the Nobel Prize awarded to him in 1954
recognized his impact on contemporary writing.
While many people are familiar with the public image of
Hemingway and the legendary accounts of his life, few knew him as an
intimate. With this collection of letters, presented for the first time as a
Scribner Classic, a new Hemingway emerges. Ranging from 1917 to 1961, this
generous selection of nearly six hundred letters is, in effect, both a
self-portrait and an autobiography. In his own words, Hemingway candidly
reveals himself to a wide variety of people: family, friends, enemies,
editors, translators, and almost all the prominent writers of his day. In so
doing he proves to be one of the most entertaining letter writers of all
Carlos Baker has chosen letters that not only represent
major turning points in Hemingway's career but also exhibit character, wit,
and the writer's typical enthusiasm for hunting, fishing, drinking, and
eating. A few are ingratiating, some downright truculent. Others present his
views on writing and reading, criticize books by friend or foe, and discuss
women, soldiers, politicians, and prizefighters. Perhaps more than anything,
these letters show Hemingway's irrepressible humor, given far freer rein in
his correspondence than in his books. An informal biography in letters, the
product of forty-five years' living and writing, Ernest Hemingway: Selected
Letters leaves an indelible impression of an extraordinary man.
The Dangerous Summer (1985)
vivid account, Hemingway captures the exhausting pace and pressure of the
season, the camaraderie and pride of the matadors, and the mortal drama as
in fight after fight the rival matadors try to outdo each other with ever
more daring performances. At the same time Hemingway offers an often complex
and deeply personal self-portrait that reveals much about one of the
twentieth century's preeminent writers.
Dateline, Toronto: The Complete Toronto Star Dispatches, 1920-1924 (1985)
Collects all 172 pieces that Hemingway published in the Star, including
those under pseudonyms. Hemingway readers will discern his unique voice
already present in many of these pieces, particularly his knack for
dialogue. It is also fascinating to discover early reportorial accounts of
events and subjects that figure in his later fiction. As William White
points out in his introduction to this work, "Much of it, over sixty years
later, can still be read both as a record of the early twenties and as
evidence of how Ernest Hemingway learned the craft of writing." The
enthusiasm, wit, and skill with which these pieces were written guarantee
that Dateline: Toronto will be read for pleasure, as excellent journalism,
and for the insights it gives to Hemingway's works.
Three Stories & Ten Poems (1923)
In Our Time (1925)
When In Our Time was published in 1925, it was praised by Ford Madox Ford,
John Dos Passos, and F. Scott Fitzgerald for its simple and precise use of
language to convey a wide range of complex emotions, and it earned Hemingway
a place beside Sherwood Anderson and Gertrude Stein among the most promising
American writers of that period. In Our Time contains several early
Hemingway classics, including the famous Nick Adams stories "Indian Camp,"
"The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife," "The Three Day Blow," and "The Battler,"
and introduces readers to the hallmarks of the Hemingway style: a lean,
tough prose -- enlivened by an car for the colloquial and an eye for the
realistic that suggests, through the simplest of statements, a sense of
moral value and a clarity of heart.
Men Without Women (1927)
First published in 1927, Men Without Women represents some of Hemingway's
most important and compelling early writing. In these fourteen stories,
Hemingway begins to examine the themes that would occupy his later works:
the casualties of war, the often uneasy relationship between men and women,
sport and sportsmanship. In "Banal Story," Hemingway offers a lasting
tribute to the famed matador Maera. "In Another Country" tells of an Italian
major recovering from war wounds as he mourns the untimely death of his
wife. "The Killers" is the hard-edged story about two Chicago gunmen and
their potential victim. Nick Adams makes an appearance in "Ten Indians," in
which he is presumably betrayed by his Indian girlfriend, Prudence. And
"Hills Like White Elephants" is a young couple's subtle, heartwrenching
discussion of abortion. Pared down, gritty, and subtly expressive, these
stories show the young Hemingway emerging as America's finest short story
The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories (1932)
The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories contains ten of Hemingway's most
acclaimed and popular works of short fiction. Selected from Winner Take
Nothing, Men Without Women, and The Fifth Column and the
First Forty-Nine Stories, this collection includes "The Killers," the first
of Hemingway's mature stories to be accepted by an American periodical; the
autobiographical "Fathers and Sons," which alludes, for the first time in
Hemingway's career, to his father's suicide; "The Short Happy Life of
Francis Macomber," a "brilliant fusion of personal observation, heresy, and
invention," wrote Hemingway's biographer, Carlos Baker; and the title story
itself, of which Hemingway said: "I put all the true stuff in," with enough
material, he boasted, to fill four novels. Beautiful in their simplicity,
startling in their originality, and unsurpassed in their craftsmanship, the
stories in this volume highlight one of America's master storytellers at the
top of his form.
Movie, The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) starring Gregory Peck
Winner Take Nothing (1933)
Ernest Hemingway's first new book of fiction since the publication of "A
Farewell to Arms" in 1929 contains fourteen stories of varying length. Some
of them have appeared in magazines but the majority have not been published
before. The characters and backgrounds are widely varied. "A Clean,
Well-Lighted Place" is about an old Spanish Beggar. "Homage to Switzerland"
concerns various conversations at a Swiss railway-station restaurant. "The
Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio" is laid in the accident ward of a hospital
in Western United States, and so on.
The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938)
The Nick Adams Stories (1972)
The famous "Nick Adams" stories show a memorable character growing from
child to adolescent to soldier, veteran, writer, and parent -- a sequence
closely paralleling the events of Hemingway's life.
The Complete Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway (1987)
In this definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories, readers
will delight in the author's most beloved classics such as "The Snows of
Kilimanjaro," "Hills Like White Elephants," and "A Clean, Well-Lighted
Place," and will discover seven new tales published for the first time in
this collection. For Hemingway fans The Complete Short Stories is an
See also the following movies made from Ernest Hemingway's' short stories:
Killers (1946) starring Burt Lancaster
Adventures of a Young Man (1962)
The Killers (1964) starring Lee Marvin
The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing (2003) by
Throughout, Mailer ties in examples from his own
career, and reflects on the works of his fellow writers, living and dead
-- Ernest Hemingway,
William Styron, and a host of
others. In The Spooky Art, Mailer captures the unique untold
suffering and exhilaration of the novelist’s daily life and, while
plotting a clear path for other writers to follow, maintains reverence
for the underlying mystery and power of the art.
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