Essential… One reads Kenneth Lynn with excitement… He has shaped Hemingway’s life and death into a story that approaches tragedy.
-- New York Times
Not only one of the most brilliant and provocative literary biographies in recent memory but also the study that Hemingway most urgently needs at this point in his critical fortunes… Lynn has provided a model of the way biographically informed criticism can catch the pulse of works about which everything appeared to have been said. In short, he has made Hemingway interesting again.
-- Frederick Crews New York Review of Books
Magnificent… Lynn’s biography…never denies the ultimate heroism by which Hemingway survived his own debilitating inner conflicts. He never denigrates his genius. He has far too high a respect for the fine fiction that such heroism elicited… [An] accomplished, revealing and, all in all, profoundly sympathetic biography.
-- Times Literary Supplement
This is the most humane, balanced portrait of this extraordinary writer to date. Lynn does not worship the macho Papa, or make easy gibes at his subject’s vanities and fibs, but shows a damaged, tormented, insecure man whose writing, for better and worse, was the product of his own psychological struggle. Sane, well-judged, it sends the reader back with renewed enthusiasm to the work.
-- The Observer
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART ONE: 1899-1919
I. "I Had a Wonderfol Novel to Write About Oak Park
II. A Peculiar Idea
III. A Land of Magic
IV. The Championship Game
PART TWO: 1919-1923
V. Rejection Slips
VI. "The World's a Jail and We're Going to
Break It Together
VII. Americans in Paris
VIII. Dragons' Teeth
PART THREE: 1923-1926
X. "Nick in the Stories Was Never Himself
XI. "We Have More Fun Together All the Time
XII. Harold and Horace, Scott and Zelda
XIV. Double Meanings
PART FOUR: 1926-1936
XV. "I Loved Her Fine
XVI. A Hollow Man
XVII. Mens Morbida in Corpore Sano
XVIII. The Big Out
PART FIVE: 1936-1945
XIX. The Spanish Tragedy
XX. "Book Selling Like Frozen Daiquiris in Hell"
XXI. Combined Operations
PART SIX: 1945 -1961
XXIII. "How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen?"
XXIV. "The Country Is Beautiful Around Here"