Hemingway: A Life Without Consequences

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Da Capo Press, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 704 pages
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He was the man who had all the credentials, who witnessed the time - the people, the names that were being elevated into history." In this brilliant new biography of Ernest Hemingway, award-winning author James R. Mellow offers a thorough reassessment of a man who was both a literary giant and an icon for his age. Through painstaking research and the use of new material, Mellow reveals aspects of the writer's life unexplored by previous biographers, corrects the record on important matters of chronology and fact, and explodes many of the myths Hemingway carefully constructed around his life. Legendary Writer, peerless war correspondent, avid sportsman - and a suicide at the age of sixty-one - Hemingway lived a life profound in its accomplishments and tragic in its personal implications. From the salons of Paris to the corridas of Spain, from the revolutions in Cuba to a near-fatal safari in the African bush country, he both recorded and helped shape an era of unparalleled artistic achievement and untoward violence. The cast of characters in Hemingway: A Life Without Consequences includes the famous and the infamous of the times: Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald - as well as Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Georges Clemenceau. Mellow explores Hemingway's wary negotiations with the politics of the period and describes his journalism in unprecedented detail, reconstructing the writer's youthful interviews with world powers and placing him among America's greatest journalists. Here too is an entirely new perspective on Hemingway's private life. On her marriage to Hemingway in 1921, Hadley Richardson tellingly referred to her husband's disappointed menfriends as a "heart-busted bunch." Demanding, bawdy, affectionate, mercurial, Hemingway early on established a pattern for male companionship - a need to dominate, a need for approval, a dependence on older men as confidants - that endured throughout his life and reverberated in
 

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Mellow manages an amazing achievement in this undercooked biography; he makes Hemingway's life boring. The book suffers from several ailments, not the least of which is that it is not the biography of ... Read full review

Contents

The Country Is Always True
3
The Two Goodbyes
28
And Wounds Dont Matter
55
The Art of the Short Story
88
A Life Without Consequences
116
A Lost Generation
143
The Mecca of Bluffers and Fakers
145
Chasing Yesterdays
177
The Master of Indirection
343
BOOK THREE The Artists Reward
369
Fathers and Sons
371
The Gulf Stream
376
A Thousand Intangibles
397
The Green Hills of Africa
424
Politics Women Drink Money Ambition
457
The Politics of Desperation
483

Memory Is the Best Critic
208
The Perpendicular Pronoun
241
The Dangerous Friend
278
All Things Truly Wicked
314
The Undertaker Pleases
562
Acknowledgments
605
Bibliography
679
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James R. Mellow won the National Book Award for his biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hemingway: A Life Without Consequences completes the trilogy that includes Charmed Circle: Gertrude Stein & Company, and Invented Lives: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. In his thirty-six year career as a writer, art critic, and biographer, Mellow has written for The New York Times, Architectural Digest, The Washington Post, Gourmet, and Arts magazine, among other publications, He lives in Clinton, Connecticut.

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