Author Sternbergh Comments on Ernest Hemingway

The comments from Author Adam Sternbergh, a Toronto-born journalist who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., published his debut novel, Shovel Ready, a sci-fi/noir hybrid set in a near-future New York that has seen better days; its sequel, Near Enemy, will arrive in bookstores this month. I thought his comments about which books has he reread the most were very interesting (from the website The Globe and Mail):

Which books have you reread most in your life?

Ernest Hemingway, Mary HemingwayConfession: I’m a slow reader.  And I always feel shamelessly under-read. I could fill this page with the names of essential authors I still haven’t gotten around to, and those are just the ones I want to read, not the ones I feel I should read. One book I’ve read multiple times, and will read multiple times in the future, is For Whom the Bell Tolls by you-know-who. It’s more fashionable now to dislike (or, worse, dismiss) Ernest Hemingway than to like him, and even though this book was rapturously reviewed at the time, it isn’t now popularly considered to be his best. But this novel checks all my boxes. When it was published in 1940 (that decade again!), a critic at The New Yorker wrote, “I do not much care whether or not this is a ‘great’ book. I feel that it is what Hemingway wanted it to be: a true book.”


Ernest Hemingway Photos

Here are a few photos of Ernest Hemingway that you may not have seen. There is also a collection of additional Hemingway photos under my Hemingway Photo tab. Please let me know if you know the history behind any of these photos, especially the first photo with the female friend. Thanks






New Hemingway Photo

Lyons-HemingwayI came across a photo of Ernest Hemingway with his fourth wife Mary (and others) that I had not seen before. It was taken in December 1952 and is featured in a book by movie and theater critic Jeffrey Lyons titled Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from “The Lyons Den”.

The article that featured this photo and story can be found on Abbeville Press.

Jeffrey Lyons remarks in the book: “Of all my parents’ hundreds of friends all over the world, none influenced my life as much as Hemingway,” and he recounts the Hemingways’ introduction to him of the Spanish matador Antonio Ordoñez.”

Going Fishing with Hemingway

After listening to Author Paul Hendrickson speak last evening about his book – Hemingway’s Boat – at the JFK Library, I felt like I should try to find a few photos of what EH would have caught off his boat, the Pilar. Here are a few that I had as well as a few new photos that I found on the web. Enjoy!


EH and Henry Strater off coast of Bimini in 1936


EH congratulates Helen Lerner and husband Mike after catching a big Marlin off Bimini