John Hemingway’s recent blog post has a nice piece on his Dad (Gregory), his grandfather Ernest Hemingway and their relationship with writer Norman Mailer who was the next great up and coming writer at the time compared to John’s grandfather who was at the top of his game.
Make sure you read some of John’s earlier postings on his blog (in 2008) about his grandfather which I found very insightful.
John is the author of Strange Tribe a family memoir (The Lyons Press, 2007) which in my opinion is a must read and is part of my collection on EH.
Here is a list that I found online at the NY Times regarding Norman Mailers top 10 novels – most of them read during his freshman year at Harvard (early 1940’s).
Ten Favorite American Novels:
“U.S.A.,” by John Dos Passos
“Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
“Studs Lonigan,” by James T. Farrell
“Look Homeward, Angel,” by Thomas Wolfe
“The Grapes of Wrath,” by John Steinbeck
“The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“The Sun Also Rises,” by Ernest Hemingway
“Appointment in Samarra,” by John O’Hara
“The Postman Always Rings Twice,” by James M. Cain
“Moby-Dick,” by Herman Melville