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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (October 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554079462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554079469
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ernest Hemingway admirers will certainly be interested in this pictorial biography of his life, interests, and travels. (Book News 2012-10-01)

A handsome collection of 350 photos culled in part from the family archives reveals both the ordinary, everyday world as well as the spectacular arc of exploits that created the legend of Ernest Hemingway, the great American author who committed suicide in 1961. Deep-sea fisherman, big-game hunter, boxer, soldier, adventurer, family man (co-author Mariel is his granddaughter), Hemingway was one of the literary world's most iconic figures, and this fascinating tribute gives readers an inside look at the man whose fabled achievements extended far beyond the printed page. (Neil Pond American Profile 2012-01-15)

Vejdovsky takes readers on a guided tour of the literary legend's life and career via this remarkable collection of candid snapshots.... Images of a young Hemingway dressed as a girl and a copy of an article that appeared in his hometown paper that praised his bravery in combat during WWI for wounds he never received are just a few of the artifacts included. Arranged chronologically, readers are able to walk through the writer's life, gaining greater insight into Ernest Hemingway as a man as well as a writer. (Publishers Weekly Web Exclusive 2011-11-25)

Hemingway's star has risen again and for those who love Papa, here's a trip through his colourful life, from America to Europe and its battlefields and Paris, Africa and its hunts, the Caribbean and its fishing, as well as his books, his women, his journalism and his lust for life. Heckuva book. (Bill Robertson Saskatoon Star Phoenix 2011-12-17)

[The book] is a treat, especially if you're an admirer of this great American novelist and short-story writer. (Canadian Jewish News 2012-01-05)

This handsome coffee-table book filled with photographs of its subject is arranged thematically rather than chronologically. The themes...reflect those that Hemingway himself turned to in his books: war, bullfighting, hunting, women, and his travels. This thematic style doesn't detract from the beauty and enlightening nature of the photographs.... Most of the photographs have been published before, but others will be a new treat to those familiar with his life and work. New and veteran Hemingway fans will definitely enjoy this book. A good complement, of course, for anyone reading Hemingway's works. (Sharon Britton, Bowling Green State Univ. Lib., Hu Library Journal 2012-02-15)

A must get for any fans of the man, writer and legend! (Barry Levine National Enquirer 2011-12-27)

Personally, I've never been a big Hemingway fan; nevertheless, the informative text and candid photos in this book succeeded in making even me feel connected to the man. Learning about--and seeing--his domineering mother and Puritanical, repressed father, for example, helped me understand why he grew into the person he became. And his childhood idolization of Teddy Roosevelt certainly explains a lot about him, too! Devotees of Hemingway will undoubtedly appreciate the treasure trove of previously unseen photos in this engaging tribute to an American literary icon. (Corey Michael Dalton Saturday Evening Post 2011-12-07)

Ernest Hemingway admirers will certainly be interested in this pictorial biography of his life, interests, and travels. (Reference and Research Books News 2012-10-01)

About the Author

Mariel Hemingway is an author and actress best known for her role in Woody Allen's 1979 film Manhattan. She grew up in Ketchum, Idaho, where her paternal grandfather spent a great deal of time as a sportsman and writer and where he is buried.

Boris Vejdovsky is an associate professor at the University of Lausanne, where he teaches courses in American literature and culture. He has been a member of the Hemingway Society since 2004 and organized a July 2010 international conference about the figure of "Papa Hemingway," which gathered 250 writers and enthusiasts.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By lila edwards on May 18, 2012
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I was reviewing The Paris Wife for my book club and since there wasn't adequate information or photos of Hadley, first wife of Ernest Hemingway, I found this book on Amazon and ordered for an additional source. This is a beautiful presentation of the writer's life co-authored by his granddaughter, Muriel, that helped me with information about both Hadley and Ernest. Well worth the cost.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michigan Reviewer on July 24, 2012
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Fantastic book on Ernest Hemingway. I got it for the photos, which were supplied by Mariel Hemingway. I thought that viewing the photos would be an interesting way to spend a few hours at the pool. Was I ever wrong. The book took me the better part of a week to finish. And an enjoyable week at that. It is a fascinating look into the life and times of the famous author. Some of the information I was somewhat acquainted with, but the book contained a whole lot of Hemingway history that I was not privy to. The prose that accompanies the fantastic photographs is clear and concise and oh, so interesting. Mr. Hemingway led an almost unbelievable life. I am still amazed at how much he was able to pack into his 60 some years on the face of this earth. Hemingway, according to the authors, was a very complex man. They pull no punches when it comes to accurately describing some of the demons that haunted this very talented writer. I know I have a much keener understanding of Ernest after taking the time to enjoy, and I do mean enjoy, this wonderful book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on April 10, 2012
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Reading his words and those written about him are one study of this incredible man. Seeing his face change through the years as chronicled by these photos is quite another. The photos alone present a journey through life that resembled what was described in his book, The Moveable Feast. The handsome face of his youth gradually was replaced with one lined with worry, abuse, experience, and perhaps regret accompanied by a smattering of happiness. I wish I'd been fortunate enough to have known him in real life - to learn whether my suppositions are spot on or out to lunch. Now I look at the pictures and can only guess. Looking through the book was substantive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J., Bly on March 2, 2014
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This delightful pictorial biography of Hemingway is loaded with photographs both rarely seen, as well as the great and well known pictures.I choose this book for my Hemingway shelves of novels and biographies I've been collecting for decades.
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By NCC-1701 on April 9, 2014
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The introduction by Papa's grand daughter, Mariel is very, very nice and it sets the tone for the book. Some photos I have seen before and others I never have. The pace of the writings really flows with the photos. If your a Hemingway fan, then this is a must have.
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By Sickly Child on March 10, 2014
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A must-have for anyone who loves Hemingway and has read any of the biographies. Pictures give a presence to the literary man whos thousands of words painted beautiful stories.
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By robert morrison on March 4, 2014
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These are the best compilation of pics of the icon I have gotten
Through all aspects of his life and adventures!
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By Vickie Barlow on September 18, 2013
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Great book for Ernest Hemingway readers. Especially like the pictures from Idaho since that area is where I grew up. I've seen many of the pictures and read the text in other Hemingway biographies, but its nice having them all compiled in one place.
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