Hemingway: The 1930s

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 360 pages
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This new biography focuses on the complex Hemingway when fame is hitting full force--the years between A Farewell to Arms and the writing of For Whom the Bell Tolls. During the bleak years of the thirties, Ernest Hemingway matured as a writer against the backdrop of Cuban revolutions, African game trails, Key West impoverishment, and the Spanish Civil War. Reaching for a prose not yet written, he experimented in fiction and nonfiction, pushing his limits as a writer. In a sympathetic narrative, Michael Reynolds creates a rich map of Hemingway's journey from promising young novelist to literary lion. He gives us the look and feel of the times and the people, as well as the give and take of literary life. These are the years of Hemingway's 'Esquire' essays and war dispatches, the years that produced Snows of Kilimanjaro and Green Hills of Africa, years from which emerged the larger-than-life Hemingway. We come away from this book knowing more about what Hemingway wrote and why. We also know more about where we as a people have been, for Hemingway explored every element of this decade with the intensity of a natural historian. Drawing on a wealth of new material and period documents, Reynolds adds a human touch to a writer too often seen only in caricature. 'Hemingway - The 1930s' illuminates a time, a place, and a man that have captured the American imagination and defined the American experience.

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Review: Hemingway: The 1930s (Reynolds' Hemingway #4)

User Review  - Ann Ranhem - Goodreads

Read the first book about H in Paris in the 1920's. It was excellent! Why, shouldn't this one be just as good? Read full review

Review: Hemingway: The 1930s (Reynolds' Hemingway #4)

User Review  - Kimberly - Goodreads

Great details in this biography...even better paired with the short stories and novels discussed. I was inspired to read this after a trip to Key West, only to discover how much Hemingway would dislike the city today. Not a boring biography! Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Michael Reynolds was a professor of English at North Carolina State University and a finalist for the National Book Award for Young Hemingway . His other works include Hemingway: The Paris Years and Hemingway: The Homecoming .

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