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Ernest Hemingway on Writing Paperback – July 6, 1999
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"Throughout Ernest Hemingway's career as a writer," says Larry W. Phillips in his introduction to Ernest Hemingway on Writing, "he maintained that it was bad luck to talk about writing." Hemingway seems to have courted bad luck. Phillips has amassed a slender book's worth of Hemingway's reflections on writing, culled from letters, books, interviews, speeches, and an unpublished manuscript. These musings are arranged into topics such as "Advice to Writers," "Working Habits," and "Obscenity" (of which there is plenty here). Sometimes ponderous, other times offhand, these thoughts form a portrait of a man driven to create not solely the best writing he could, but the best writing, period. Hemingway craved exactness, both in his work and in the work of others; he strove to make every word necessary. "Eschew the monumental," he wrote to Maxwell Perkins in 1932. "Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones." His aim? Mere perfection. "I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit," he confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934. "I try to put the shit in the wastebasket." --Jane Steinberg
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Yet another volume reproduced to celebrate old Hemingstein's centennial, this 1984 title offers Hemingway's comments on the writing game gleaned by editor Phillips from the author's numerous fiction and nonfiction works as well as his personal correspondence. It's not "how-to" instructional advice but rather Ernesto's impressions on writing and those who do it. More of a fan's book than a practical guide.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This is essentially a collection of his thoughts on writing gathered from interviews and letters. The editors obviously took a long, painstaking process of putting everything together, and it has quickly become something I am going to treasure.
My reaction to John Gardner's On Writing was traumatizing fear that I wasn't good enough. Stephen King's On Writing is great, except it gave me an unrealistic expectation that if I can't write an award-winning novel like Carrie, then I may as well not try at all. However, this book just inspires me. Plain and simple. I also love the fact that since it's broken up into little quotes, I don't have to waste a lot of time reading it, and get back to actually writing.
I've read this book several times, though it had the most impact on me when I first read it as a journalism student. While I never came close to the genius of Hemingway, his advice and views toward writing and reporting stayed with me and heavily influenced my life -- even giving me the travel bug that would take me around the world several times in search of adventure. All throughout my travels I kept a journal and tried to incorporate a little bit of Hemingway in each entry.
"Ernest Hemingway on Writing" belongs on every writer's bookshelf.
Hemingway and Steinbeck are two of my favourite writers. They are exceptional.
I'd recommend this book to any aspiring writer who just wants to enjoy what one outstanding man had to say about the craft and learn a lot, while gaining a valuable insight into one of the 20th century's greatest authors.
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