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Dateline: Toronto [Kindle Edition]

Ernest Hemingway , William White
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Book Description

Dateline: Toronto collects all 172 pieces that Hemingway published in the Star, including those under pseudonyms. Hemingway readers will discern his unique voice already present in many of these pieces, particularly his knack for dialogue. It is also fascinating to discover early reportorial accounts of events and subjects that figure in his later fiction. As William White points out in his introduction to this work, "Much of it, over sixty years later, can still be read both as a record of the early twenties and as evidence of how Ernest Hemingway learned the craft of writing." The enthusiasm, wit, and skill with which these pieces were written guarantee that Dateline: Toronto will be read for pleasure, as excellent journalism, and for the insights it gives to Hemingway's works.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

They are a highly readable feast, these 172 articles written by Hemingway for the Toronto Star between early 1920 and late 1924. They range from amusing sketches of everyday life in Toronto to firsthand and sometimes quite lengthly reports on the social and political scene in postwar Europe. Whether the subjects are Lloyd George's visit to Canada, the behavior of women at prize-fights, Christmas in Paris, bullfighting in Pamplona, France's political woes, Mussolini's Fascists or Toronto's young Communists, the pieces invariably exhibit Hemingway's expertise at digging out the facts, his uncanny grasp of dialogue and his shining simplicity of style. They also contain a surprisingly strong element of humor. Here is Hemingway ironically knowing, skilled in his craft and very wide awake, a literary apprentice who hardly seems an apprentice. November 18
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Hemingway undervalued his journal ism, insisting it was ``timely rather than permanent.'' But many of the 172 arti cles he wrote for the Toronto Star merit attention and admiration. On assign ment in post-war Europe, Hemingway observed and absorbed many of the subjects (war and love, courage and sham, cruelty and injustice) that were to shape his fiction. His prose style also began to assume its distinctive rhythms and diction. Several of these dispatches would reappear,shrewdly altered, as vi gnettes in In Our Time (the thrill of trout and tuna fishing; the conscious ness of bullfighting as more than sport``a very great tragedy''). In By - line: Ernest Hemingway (Scribner, 1967), William White included only 29 of these pieces. The full edition is most welcome. Arthur Waldhorn, English Dept., City Coll., CUNY
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (July 25, 2002)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch December 5, 2011
Sadly the print version is out of print (ordered it used a few years ago). It is an amazing book, and in it, you discover Hemingway, had a marvellous sense of humor, his description of a fauz artsy Paris Cafe filled with "... [the] oldest scum, the thickest scum and the scummiest scum..." are just of the few treats in store.

It gets four stars, only in that, a longer introduction, would have been better, and some annotation. A few of the articles are boring (a good amount in the very begning, and a lot towards the end), the former because he's still finding his footing, the later because he aperanlty had what became a soured profesional relationship with the editor.

If you are a fellow Hemingway fanatic, espcieally of his earlier stuff, this book, is priceless. There is aa kindle edition if you don't want to buy one used, well worth the price. Looking forward to getting the new Collected Letters out by the Cabridge Press, wich should make a solid companion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ENJOY EARLIER HEMINGWAY WRITINGS November 18, 2014
By cki
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Really shows Hemingway's development as a writer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars dated, the more I learned about EH the less I liked him. September 21, 2014
By Charles
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wanted to pick up pointers to shorten my business writing- get some influence from the masters that kind of thing.

This collection of articles are tedious to read through, found my self trying to speed read through and relate this to writing today.
I couldn't if this was a physical book I would use it to prop up a door. Also read and studied more about the legend and the myths about him that get perpetrated in the popular media. Was disappointed- writers are basically wimps in real life, same holds true with EH, he was basically a drop dead fat drunk that dated fugleys and when he was old put a shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. between this he wrote some fiction.

The collection of articles hasn't aged well and some (majority) of articles couldn't be publishable today- maybe if he set up a free blog but its too colloquial.

Normally dump books if it doesn't work out past 10% but gave him 17% and deleted it. If you are a majority business reader you will not enjoy.
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Ernest Hemingway ranks as the most famous of twentieth-century American writers; like Mark Twain, Hemingway is one of those rare authors most people know about, whether they have read him or not. The difference is that Twain, with his white suit, ubiquitous cigar, and easy wit, survives in the public imagination as a basically, lovable figure, while the deeply imprinted image of Hemingway as rugged and macho has been much less universally admired, for all his fame. Hemingway has been regarded less as a writer dedicated to his craft than as a man of action who happened to be afflicted with genius. When he won the Nobel Prize in 1954, Time magazine reported the news under Heroes rather than Books and went on to describe the author as "a globe-trotting expert on bullfights, booze, women, wars, big game hunting, deep sea fishing, and courage." Hemingway did in fact address all those subjects in his books, and he acquired his expertise through well-reported acts of participation as well as of observation; by going to all the wars of his time, hunting and fishing for great beasts, marrying four times, occasionally getting into fistfights, drinking too much, and becoming, in the end, a worldwide celebrity recognizable for his signature beard and challenging physical pursuits.


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