"A gem! A lively, much-needed defense of Hemingway in this Fitzgerald-besotted days, a great read..." -Elaine Showalter
"The best take on Hemingway and women I've ever read." -Barbara Probst Solomon
"I treasure Hemingway Lives! ... I've been carrying it everywhere ... It's brilliant. I keep losing my place then doubling back because I really don't want it to end and I dread the loneliness of that oncoming shot." -Stewart Stern, screenwriter of Rebel Without a Cause
With the release of a flurry of feature and TV films about his life and work, and the publication of new books looking at his correspondence, his boat and even his favorite cocktails, Ernest Hemingway is once again center stage of contemporary culture. Now, in this concise and sparkling account of the life and work of America's most storied writer, Clancy Sigal, himself a National Book Award runner-up, presents a persuasive case for the relevance of Ernest Hemingway to readers today.
Sigal breaks new ground in celebrating Hemingway's passionate and unapologetic political partisanship, his stunningly concise, no-frills writing style, and an attitude to sex and sexuality much more nuanced than he is traditionally credited with. Simply for the pleasure provided by a consummate story teller, Hemingway is as much a must-read author as ever.
Though Hemingway Lives! will provide plenty that's new for those already familiar with Papa's oeuvre, it assumes no prior knowledge of his work. Those venturing into Hemingway's writing for the first time will find in Sigal an inspirational and erudite guide.