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Top 10 Ernest Hemingway Books


Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a popular and controversial writer in his time, famous for books like The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea, In Our Time, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and other works. With F. Scott Fitzgerald, he was part of the Lost Generation of writers.

1. Hemingway: A Biography

Jeffrey Meyers explores the life and works of Ernest Hemingway, with this fascinating biography from Da Capo Press. Find out more about Hemingway's growing up, his experiences with war and battle (World War I, the Spanish Civil War, and World War II), as well as his connections with other well-known writers. Hemingway's decline and eventual suicide is a tragic tale.
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2. Young Hemingway

Michael S. Reynolds is the author of Young Hemingway, published by W.W. Norton & Company. This biography is a distinguished book, awarded the National Book Award, and it explores the early years of Ernest Hemingway--his relationship with his parents, and the experiences that helped to shape him into such a great American writer.
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3. Hemingway

Hemingway is a book by Rose Marie Burwell, published by Cambridge.
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4. Portrait of Hemingway

Lillian Ross wrote the controversial Portrait of Hemingway for The New Yorker. This book is published by Random House.
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5. Hemingway: A Life Without Consequences

James R. Mellow discusses the consequential life of Ernest Hemingway, in this brilliant biography, published by Perseus. Mellow is an award-winning author, and his discussion of Hemingway is interesting and insightful.

6. Hemingway

by Kenneth Lynn. Harvard University Press. From the publisher: "In this immensely powerful and revealing study, Kenneth S. Lynn explores the many tragic facets that both nurtured Hemingway's work and eroded his life. Masterfully written, Hemingway brings to life the writer whose desperate struggle to exorcise his demons produced some of the greatest American fiction of this century."

7. Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald: The Rise and Fall of a Literary Friendship

by Scott Donaldson. Overlook Press. From the publisher: "Here, in Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald, prize-winning biographer Scott Donaldson goes beyond the mythologizing to create a true, multi-faceted narrative of a great friendship fueled by admiration, jealousy, and liquor--a heady mixture of literary scholarship, history, and vivid storytelling."

8. The Cambridge Companion to Hemingway

by Scott Donaldson (Editor). Cambridge. From the publisher: "The essays are framed by an introductory chapter on Hemingway and the costs of fame and an invaluable conclusion providing an overview of Hemingway scholarship from its beginnings to the present. Students will find the selected bibliography a useful guide to future research."

9. Hemingway Goes to War

by Charles Whiting. Sutton. From the publisher: "Ernest Hemingway, literary giant of the 20th century, was renowned as a hard-drinking man of action. As the fighting reached its climax in the closing ten months of World War II, he spent time as a US war correspondent based in London, Paris and Luxembourg."

10. At the Hemingways

by Marcelline Hemingway Sanford. University of Idaho Press. From the publisher: "The correspondence between Marcelline and Ernest is revealing--at times humorous and warm with mutual caring and at times sad. The letters capture the closeness as well as the ultimate distance that came to separate brother and sister in adulthood."

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