Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa Gets a New Skin

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Credit: http://simonandshuster.com

Ernest Hemingway’s 1935 classic Green Hills of Africa has been updated as part of The Hemingway Literary Edition. This was Hemingway’s second venture into the world of nonfiction, following Death in the Afternoon (1932).

Both Patrick and Sean Hemingway have added new sections: the foreword and the new introduction. The four new sections at the end of the book include:

  1. Appendix 1: Pauline Pfieffer Hemingway’s Journal (1933-1934).
  2. Appendix 11: Introductory Letter from Hemingway and Safari Notes
  3. Appendix 111: The Tanganyika Letters
  4. Appendix 1v: Early Drafts and Deleted Passages from GHA

The section from Pauline Pfieffer, Hemingway’s second wife, offers an interesting perspective. She studied writing at the University of Missouri and received her undergraduate degree in journalism, she wrote for Vogue magazine in Paris and Vanity Fair and she definitely offers a “fresh perspective.”

His book is the result of a month long African safari in December 1933 with his wife Pauline.

Additional Reading

Books of the Time, NY Times, October, 1935

Green Hills of Africa – Writer on Writer Blog


Hemingway’s Paris by Robert Wheeler

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I received a copy of a great book today titled Hemingway’s Paris: A Writer’s City in Words and Images by Robert Wheeler (Yucca Publishing, 180 pages, 2015). The author, Robert Wheeler is a photojournalist and professor at Southern New Hampshire University, where he teaches courses in writing and on Hemingway. Professor Wheeler was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for 2006.

As you read through this wonderfully written and designed book, you feel like you’re back in the 1920’s walking along the Quai St. Michel in Paris with Hemingway by your side.

The book contains five sections that contain more than 80 beautiful, black and white, photos of Paris as seen through the eyes of Wheeler’s Ernest Hemingway.

If you’re interested in Hemingway or Paris, this book is a must read.

Suggested Reading

Ernest Hemingway and the Highs and Lows of Paris by Sam Jordison (The Guardian, 2012)

Ernest Hemingway’s Books Reviewed Here

hemingwaywithcatWouldn’t it be nice to have one location that you could go to and find well-written reviews of Ernest Hemingway’s work? I knew the NY Times had done various reviews of his work throughout the years but this site at the NY Times includes, I believe, all 30 of his reviews. The listing includes everything from the 1925 review of In Our Time to True at First Light (1999). Enjoy!!

Hemingway Listed in Top 100 Books of All Time

UnknownDuring a recent review of the Top 100 Books of All Time I thought there was an Ernest Hemingway exclusion but during a second pass I saw that he did make the list with his novella The Old Man and the Sea. The 2002 list that I’m referring to was from the Norwegian Book Club Top 100 Best Books of All Time. This list included authors from all over the world including many writers who were friends with Hemingway and his Lost Generation group during the 1920’s in Paris. Writers that also made this impressive all times best list included: James Joyce (Ulysses), William Faulkner (Sound and the Fury).

Other top book list that Hemingway’s work has appeared in includes:

Men at War (1955)

Men at War, Crown Publishers; First Edition (1955).

Men at War, Bramhall House (1979). – this is the edition that I own.

In 1955 Ernest Hemingway wrote the 15 page Introduction to the book Men at War that was a compilation of 82 war stories selected by Hemingway himself. Hemingway’s first sentence of his Introduction reads “This book will not tell you how to die.” Hemingway dedicated the book to his three sons, John, Patrick and Gregory. This is a moving book that includes 1,072 pages of some of the most amazing battles that includes The Invasion of Britain by Julius Caeser as the first story.


Conversations with Ernest Hemingway

The book Conversations with Ernest Hemingway (University Press of Mississippi, 1986) which was edited by Matthew Bruccoli, who also edited among other works, The Only Thing That Counts, has some great stories of Hemingway that I had not read before. One such story was written by his good pal – A.E. Hotchner – titled “Hemingway Talks to American Youth” that appeared in the NY Herald Tribune back in October of 1959. After a day of duck hunting (he was living in Idaho at the time) with Hotchner – they met Father O’Connor, a priest from the local parish and Hemingway spent about an hour with a group of 30 or so high school aged kids and answered their questions. Now that would have been pretty cool if you were one of those lucky kids. There is also the famous conversation with author George Plimpton (Spring, 1958) that was originally seen in the Paris Review that is included in this group of conversations. When I think of Plimpton I always think of his book The Paper Lion, when he worked out, as quarterback, with the Detroit Lions.

Another conversations that I enjoyed was “A Visit to Havana” by Kenneth Tynan (1960) which I thought was an interesting behind the scenes look at Hemingway, towards the end of his life, from Tynan during a visit with Ernest and Mary at the Finca. He offered a great description of Hemingway and included a meeting with Hemingway and Tennessee Williams who were introduced to each other for the first time by Tynan. Kenneth Tynan had a great quote that said: “Hemingway has the humility that comes of absolute certainty.”

Hemingway, Race and Art: Bloodlines and the Color Line

A new book has come out on our favorite writer Ernest Hemingway, this time by Marc Dudley and Kent State University Press (160 pages, 2012). I have not read Hemingway, Race and Art: Bloodlines and the Color Line as of yet but wanted to bring it to your attention in case you were not aware of it. I also saw that Woody Allen’s movie Midnight in Paris (still have not seen it) won an Oscar last night for Best Screenplay – of course Woody was once again a no show!