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Ernest Hemingway: A Writer's Life Hardcover – July 21, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 1110L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1ST edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618987053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618987054
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Grade 6–10—This engaging and detailed biography will be valued for its accessible style and honest portrayal of one of America's icons. Reef's account of Hemingway's life is riveting and unglamorized, acknowledging the subject's flaws and tenuous relationship with his stern, pious mother (who regularly banned books and challenged her son's seventh-grade assignment, The Call of the Wild, for its coarseness). At 17, Hemingway volunteered for the Red Cross as an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. Returning home wounded provided fodder for the short story "Soldier's Home" and made Hemingway realize he wouldn't stay home for long. Europe energized the budding writer and with the first of his four wives, he returned to Paris and Italy. Gertrude Stein, Sherwood Anderson, and Ezra Pound provided friendship and support for his writing. Hemingway was a romantic and unfaithful in marriage, and followed in his father's footsteps by committing suicide in 1961. Captioned black-and-white photos appear on nearly every page, chronicling Hemingway's family, friends, and the places he traveled. Some excerpts of his writing are integrated into the narrative, offering readers a good sense of the work's conception and structure.—Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
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“[A] perceptive, captivating biography of one of the twentieth century’s most influential writers. . . . Teens jaded by too much classroom analysis of The Old Man and the Sea and Hemingway’s short stories will come away from Reef’s thorough, skillfully constructed biography with fresh interest in and appreciation for this American legend.”—Booklist, STARRED review

“Reef creates a memorable portrait of the writer and his times, and even readers too young for most of Hemingway’s oeuvre will enjoy armchair traveling to the bullfights in Spain. . . . Along the way, they will gain a sense of the writer and his times and will even pick up some writing tips, including Hemingway’s insistence on simple, declarative sentences. The volume is attractively designed with well-chosen photographs, captions that add personality to the text, solid documentation and judicious use of quotations.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This engaging and detailed biography will be valued for its accessible style and honest portrayal of one of America's icons. Reef's account of Hemingway's life is riveting and unglamorized.”—School Library Journal

“An accessible and entertaining look at an American icon.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

 


More About the Author

Catherine Reef is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for young people and adults. Her new dual biography, FRIDA & DIEGO: ART, LOVE, LIFE, explores the lives and work of two remarkable artists admired in Mexico and throughout the world, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, in a colorful, richly illustrated format. One of Booklist's Top Ten Arts Books for Youth 2014, FRIDA & DIEGO received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist.

Catherine also wrote THE BRONTE SISTERS: THE BRIEF LIVES OF CHARLOTTE, EMILY, AND ANNE. This popular young adult book received three starred reviews and was named to several annual lists of "best" books, including Kirkus's Best Books for Teens, Bank Street College's Best Children's Books, and the Amelia Bloomer Project List.

Among Catherine's other notable books are JANE AUSTEN: A LIFE REVEALED, one of Booklist's Top Ten Biographies for Youth; LEONARD BERNSTEIN AND AMERICAN MUSIC, which Kidsbiographer called "in many ways, a music appreciation course, one that the composer-conductor himself would approve"; ERNEST HEMINGWAY: A WRITER'S LIFE, a Golden Kite Honor Book and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People; and E. E. CUMMINGS: A POET'S LIFE, one of YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults and one of the New York Public Library's Book for the Teen Age.

Catherine works hard at her writing, but she also loves to travel, read, work with her hands, and spend time with her family and friends. She likes to cook and can bake a prize-worthy apple pie.

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I enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it for students in middle school, high school, or even college.
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I you are well read in hemmingway then every picture will bring back a moment in his fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By My2Cents TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I admit to knowing very little about Ernest Hemingway's life until I read this book, except that he was undoubtedly a talented writer and literary icon, and that he loved cats. In this 192 page biography with young adults as its targeted audience, that all changed for me. Each page was filled with interesting facts about Hemingway, as well as loads photographs at various stages of his life. Some of the facts I found interesting were: POSSIBLE SPOILERS....

He was born on July 21,1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. His writing always reflected what he was feeling. The Sun Also Rises, was inspired by bullfights he saw in Spain. A Farewell to Arms was based on his World War I adventures. In 1953 he won the Pulitzer Prize for An Old Man and the Sea, and in 1954 The Swedish Ambassador to Cuba awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature. Like his father, he committed suicide on July 2, 1961 in Ketchum, Idaho. His health was failing and he suffered from depression. Many of his books were published after his death. His house in Key West, Florida is a national historic landmark, and is open for tours.

MY THOUGHTS - In my opinion, this book is a great biography for anyone interested in a brief, yet well rounded book about one of the great writers of all time. RECOMMENDED
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Galarraga on September 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book captures in pictures the corolaries between Hemingway's life and his fiction. You get a real sense of how his life influenced his art. How he was most concerned, not with plotting,characterization or the market, as other writers were, but with the capturing of real emotions on paper. I you are well read in hemmingway then every picture will bring back a moment in his fiction. This book is less a history and more an experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hiedi Frausto on November 14, 2013
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Bought this for my 9 year old to do a report as this was the only book I could find labeled for his age group. Very difficult to follow. Author goes off on side issues that I dont think were necessary. I had to pretty much read the entire book with my son in order to help him extract the information necessary to do a report. Written for a much older age group.
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