Some Light Hemingway Reading on Vacation

During a recent vacation week down in Rhode Island I had the opportunity to squeeze in some EH reading on top of lots of biking, SUP, kayaking (thanks Paul) and of course eating. Our favorite new place to eat down in East Matunuck Beach area is the Matunuck Oyster Bar.

Back to some interesting summer reading and of course Mr. Ernest Hemingway. I had the pleasure of reading American Short Stories: from Washington Irving to Lydia Davis (Penguin Books, 2011) and Hemingway: Life into Art (Cooper Square Press, 2000) by one of my favorite authors, Jeffrey Meyers.

The American short story book featured Hemingway’s story Out of Season (1923) – which I had not read. It was a about the differences between the sexes and in particular the issues between married men and women. Maybe he was writing about his first wife, Hadley Richardson, whom he married in 1922 and divorced five short years later? Here is a great review by Charles J. Nolan on this particular short story.

Jeffrey Meyers book was very interesting as well because of a series of fourteen essays he put together involving various aspects of Ernest Hemingway’s life – a few of which I was not aware of.  I feel that Meyers has done some of the best research and fact finding to date regarding Hemingway. One chapter discussed who Meyers actually believed influenced Hemingway’s writing while another chapter looked at some of the real people that he used as his characters in many of his works like “Chink” Dorman-Smith and Ford Maddox Ford. A favorite chapter of mine discussed his personal relationships with actors Humphrey Bogart and Gary Cooper.

For some interesting reading on our favorite author check out the above mentioned books as well as the review by Mr. Nolan. Enjoy!


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.

Surrounded by Hemingway

I wanted to ask if anyone from the Boston area attended the recent interview with author Paula McLain at the Kennedy Library outside Boston? I was scheduled to attend and cancelled last minute – my daughter was being inducted into her high school NHS – I was obviously not going to miss that. If you attended please let me know – I’m trying to find a tape of that particular forum from March 23rd

I am currently finishing Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife – just about done and have really enjoyed it up to this point. Recently started Robert Paul Lamb’s heavily researched Art Matters: Hemingway, Craft, and the Creation of the Modern Short Story. This will be a good read (NB – see earlier post on Lamb who I have had the pleasure of touching base via email). Have also been going through Caroline Moorehead’s Selected Letters of Martha Gellhorn. If you’re looking for a quick and interesting read on Hemingway – check out H.R. Stoneback’s Hemingway’s Paris: Our Paris? from New Street Communications. Finally, excited to see some of the movies of EH that have been out not to mention the two that will be out in the near future – more on those down the road. Are you reading anything regarding Hemingway yourself?

The Great Blue River

I found a blog post today, on The Sporting Life, that talked about a 1949 story written by Ernest Hemingway called The Great Blue River seen in Holiday Magazine. I knew nothing about the story and I look forward to doing some research on it and then reading it. To get started, here is the blog post featured on The Sporting Life. If you have any info on this story please leave a comment – thanks!