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Ernest Hemingway on Writing Paperback – July 6, 1999
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Some of these reflections are insightful, some are humorous, and some show us Hemingway at his best. But this is not to say that the collection works as a whole. While I like the idea behind book, and feel it has definite value, there are a good number of excerpts that do not seem to have any of the above qualities, so I question why they were included. They seem like filler. Nonetheless, I'll list a few of the reflections that I liked, as they show something of Hemingway's many moods and styles.
In a letter to Charles Scribner, Hemingway reveals a tortured ambivalence about writing: "Charlie there is no future in anything. I hope you agree. That is why I like it at a war. Every day and every night there is a strong possibility that you will get killed and not have to write. I have to write to be happy... But it is a hell of a disease to be born with. I like to do it. Which is even worse.Read more ›
It is a great reference for finding Hemingway's commentary on various aspects of writing and it does contain some genuinely good advice. But ultimately it is a collection of Hemingway's commentary and quotes, not a true guide to writing.
I think the book would work better had the editor (who is to be complemented for culling all of this information out of Hemingway's work and letters and organizing it) incorporated further advice or commentary from other sources. Perhaps by asking some other author or authors how Hemingway's advice has applied to them, the book would better work as a kind of writer's guide.
Regardless, the book is a great source of Hemingway quotes and commentary and I do recommend it. Just don't expect it to turn you into the next Ernest Hemingway.
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Not a "how-to" on writing, it is merely a series of quotes from letters and publications. Not worth reading. King's On Writing is much better.Published 17 days ago by Kevin C. Rohrer
In my ceaseless, Ancient Mariner wanderings of the Internet (this makes you "one of three"- the whole poem is available at your local library) I came across a clever app... Read morePublished 26 days ago by feldenstein calypso
This book is fantastic as a look into a brilliant literary mind. I read it over and over.Published 2 months ago by c. edwin graves, 111
Good work on Hemingway and Hemingway on Hemingway's writing, and that of other contemporary authors and artistic peers of his, by Larry Phillips. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D.R. Buck
Great book whether you're a Hemingway fan or not! Philips has done us all who are interested in the written word a great favor.Published 3 months ago by Hiram G. Howard
Having read Stephen King's book, ON WRITING; Robert McKee's thick tome, STORY; and recently deceased William Zinsser's book ON WRITING WELL, among dozens of other books on the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Christina Gross
This book provided a glimpse into the mind of a writer who won the Nobel Prize for literature and who won a Pulitzer Prize for one of his novels, "The Old Man and The Sea"... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ed Benjamin
This book is entirely passages from letters written by Ernest Hemingway to friends during a time period. It is very interesting to read and I enjoy it lots.Published 6 months ago by penny
I was not expecting a how-to book, but was expecting more wisdom about writing.
It went down hill fast.