Hemingway News

Hemingway_Nobel_notice_021114News about Author Ernest Hemingway seems to ebb and flow throughout the years and the early part of this new year seems to have Mr. Hemingway back in the news on a variety of topics. First, the upcoming Andy Garcia movie about Hemingway seems to have sadly switched actors. They have gone from Sir Anthony Hopkins in the role of playing Hemingway (which I thought was right on) to Jon Voight. Andy Garcia will play Gregorio Fuentes, the boat captain who inspired the title character in his book The Old Man and The Sea. Mr. Garcia will direct the film from a screenplay he has written with Hemingway’s niece Hilary.

There was a nice article this month in The New York Times written by Charles McGrath, called A Mutable Feast. The article found here talks about a new collection of 2.500 pieces of material owned by Hemingway and found in Havana. The collection is now available at the Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Also see related story here.

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Hemingway Sighting in Boston Globe Magazine

0It’s always interesting to see a present day writer being mentioned in the same sentence as Ernest Hemingway. In Sunday’s Boston Globe Magazine, novelist Junot Diaz (Pulitzer Prize winner in 2008 for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) was featured as one of the Bostonians of the Year. What caught my attention, however, was the following comparison: “his writing combines the muscular economy of Hemingway with the confessional sexual wandering of Philip Roth, studded with the untranslated Spanish of the Dominican barrio.” Pretty descriptive wouldn’t you say? The piece was written by Neil Swidey.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Hemingway Conversations

It’s funny the interpretation you get at times after reading a short story from a writer’s perspective when he interviews a big time author like Ernest Hemingway. I had never heard of Milt Machlin before until I read about his three conversations over a five year period that he had with Hemingway in “Conversations with Ernest Hemingway”. His 1958 article appeared in Argosy (which at one time had rejected Hemingway). His stories included their first encounter as well as times when he visited the Finca Vigia in Cuba. I found them pretty interesting and decided to do a little research on Mr. Machlin and saw this story in the Virginia Quarterly Review by Jeffrey Meyers which was not what I had expected to hear. His comments about Machlin were not very positive.

There is also a second story in the VQR also by Meyers here if you’re interested.

New and Used Hemingway

This week I picked up used copies of Jackson Benson’s, The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: Critical Essays (Duke University Press, 1975), Earl Rovit and one of my favorites Gerry Brenner – Ernest Hemingway (Twayne Publishers, 1986) and Ernest Hemingway: A Collection of Criticism by Arthur Waldhorn (McGraw-Hill, 1973).

New books on Hemingway that are coming out in Sept/Oct of this year include:

Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961 by Paul Hendrickson. Due date: September 20, 2011.

The Letter of Ernest Hemingway: Volume 1, 1907-1922 Editors, Sandra Spanier and Robert Trogdon. Due date: October 31, 2011.

Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway’s First Wife by Gioia Diliberto. Due date: September 6, 2011.

A Find: The Enduring Hemingway

Another great find on Amazon.com for 1 cent – yes, that’s correct – it cost more for s/h than to buy it! This book, in perfect shape, is considered rare by some. 

price tag: $225.00

The Enduring Hemingway: An Anthology of a Lifetime in Literature, Scribners, 1974.  864 pages.  

Purchase from Amazon.com here.

I received my much anticipated copy of The Enduring Hemingway today. It was well worth the wait and the price could not be any better.

From Charles Scribner, Jr. – “The need to endure was central in Hemingway’s philosophy of life…”  This was the reason they chose that particular title for the anthology.  As Hemingway often said: ” One must, first of all, endure.”

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Heading to the Summit of Kilimanjaro

I am currently reading Donald Bouchard’s new book, Hemingway: So Far From Simple (2010, Prometheus Books, NY).

In a review of the Snows of Kilimanjaro Bouchard talks about death and dying and ends with the famous passage from Hemingway:

“And there, ahead, all he could see, as wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun, was the square of Kilimanjaro. And then he knew that was where he was going.”

I thought about that famous line during my climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro in February 2008. The photo was taken just below the 19,340′ summit. Hemingway’s words were never so true. About the only thing I missed however at high altitude was the “…frozen carcass of a leopard.” That would have made my trip!

On a side note, Hemingway often referred to the Snows of Kilimanjaro as his favorite short story and admitted that he “never wrote so directly about himself as in that story” Bloom’s Major Short Story Writers, pg. 69.

Charles Oliver’s Reference Book on Ernest Hemingway

I 41DBTPP2PRL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_received my (used) copy of Charles Oliver’s Ernest Hemingway A to Z – The Essential Reference to the Life and Work(Checkmark Books, New York, 1999, 452 pages) today.  Check out the prices for used copies at Amazon.com.  One of my favorite sections of this book is in the Appendix if you can believe it. The details in this book are amazing and my point is well taken in the Appendix III section that looks at, in very specific detail, “Hemingway’s Chronology and Dateline” of all his published works.