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The Letters of Ernest Hemingway: Volume 1, 1907-1922 (The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway) Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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"... without question a spectacular scholarly achievement."
The New York Times
"These letters - boisterous, exuberant, and insistent on a reply (see me! hear me! feel me! so many of them seem to implore) - only show more deeply how fearlessly - carelessly, even - Hemingway lived in order to be seen."
Alexandra Fuller, The Daily Beast
"... the expert work of the editors has made a landmark contribution to Hemingway studies and American literature with an impeccably produced first entry in this ambitious series."
Mark Cirino, American Book Review
"... reminds us why we fell in love with the guy to begin with ..."
Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times
"This Cambridge edition of all of Hemingway's known letters is as elegant and proper a solution as one could wish to such a daunting challenge: how to make this treasure available to all interested scholars and readers for generations to come. I think that Papa Hemingway would be pleased. His favorite dictum seems most fitting on this splendid occasion: 'Il faut, d'abord, durer.' (First of all, one must endure; or as my Dad translated it with supreme economy: 'First: last'.) Along with his books, Hemingway's most personal thoughts and expressions will now endure beyond his wildest dreams."
"... a tender homage to this unknown Hemingway, revealing new insights into his creative process along the way, but also a bow before the lost art of letter-writing itself."
"Those familiar with the gruff, humorless, and word-chary sportsman of popular legend will be surprised to find a charming and compulsive correspondent whose garrulous voice works irresistible magic on the English language."
"[The letters are] idiosyncratic, lively, dotted with nicknames, doodles, and unusual spellings, and typewriter-induced typos. Many have a refreshingly off-the-cuff feel that contrasts with the polish of his published work."
The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Love him or hate him, he was one of the great novelists."
"[The collection] chronicles the development of a significant figure in the story of American letters."
St Louis Post-Dispatch
"... a major project in literary scholarship ... left me eager to read more."
Robert Fulford, The National Post
"And so begins the ambitious - and highly anticipated - publication of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, a vast collection that proves to be both a revealing autobiography and the passkey to his literary works. This first volume is a vibrant portrait of the artist as a young man, striking all the notes that will resonate as themes in the epic life and epochal literature that lie ahead."
A. Scott Berg
"The collected Hemingway letters will be enthusiastically welcomed by the scholarly world as well as the legion of Hemingway enthusiasts around the world. He is not only one of the most important twentieth-century writers in the world, but a fascinating and frank letter writer. This collection will be an invaluable addition to the world of letters."
Noel Riley Fitch
"Hemingway admirers, scholars, and students will find the book essential. The letters fill in abundant biographical and intellectual details, and readers will revel in the young man's exuberant wordplay, private language, and slang."
Steve Paul, Booklist
Top Customer Reviews
Volume 1 of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway (1907-1922) is a veritable textbook of scholarly and editorial apparatus. It has a general editor's intro (with notes and works cited); extensive acknowledgements, a note on the text, including rules of transcription and editorial apparatus; a list of abbreviations and short titles; a foreword to the volume; an editor's introduction to the volume; a 1907-22 chronology; six maps; a roster of correspondents, giving brief bios of the recipients of the letters; a calendar of letters; an index of recipients; a general index; 31 photographs; and a couple of facsimilies. All are useful and helpful; the introductory essays are insightful as well. The letters themselves are accompanied by copious notes and sometimes include drawings, doodles, and whimsical icons in place of signatures.
The letters are by turns formal, informal, intimate, sprawling, and rollicking, not at all reminiscent of the tightly controlled prose Hemingway is known for. He constantly invents words, plays with the language, and rides roughshod over standard usage. The letters cover his youth, his war experience, his work for the Toronto Star, and the beginning of his formative literary years in Paris. Those who have worked so hard and so long to stereotype and pigeonhole Hemingway will be bitterly disappointed at the degree of uncooperativeness he shows here.Read more ›
The Sun Also Rises; A Farwell to Arms: Men Without Women: Across the Forest and Into the Trees; For Whom the Bell Tolls; The Old Man and the Sea; Islands in the Stream; The Nick Adams stories; Dangerous Summer; The Green Hills of Africa; Death in the Afternoon; A Moveable Feast and some of the best short stories ever written.
The Letters of Ernest Hemingway Volume I 1907-1922 is the first volume in a projected twelve volume set which will present in well edited, extensively footnoted style the letters of a literary genius. Cambridge University Press has assembled a myriad of excellent scholars to illuminate the Hemingway revealed in the thousands of epistles he wrote during his adventurous life which took him from Oak Park Illinois to Kansas City as a cub reporter, Toronto as a newspaper columnist and into the literary world of 1920s Paris where he became friends which literary lions such as Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein and many others.
Hemingway was raised in an upper middle class suburb of Chicago. His father Clarence was a doctor; his mother Grace Hall Hemingway a formidable woman who was musically trained. Hemingway was the second child born to the dysfunctional couple. Ernest had four sisters and one younger brother. The letters in volume one begin with his first short notes to his father, mother and siblings. The family summered in the Upper Penisula of Michigan. Hemingway from his birth loved to hunt, fish, swim and camp out in the Michigan wilderness.Read more ›
Representing the years 1907-1922 we meet Hemingway between the ages of 8 though 23. Hemingway the child, the boy, the young man filled with hopes, aspirations and insecurities writes to his parents, his family and his friends. Not all the letters are fascinating, some are quite mundane, but the writer is charming, mentally facile, creative and always in need of attention and affirmation.
This is Hemingway as a young man, already a writer but not yet an author. If not the most popular boy in school, certainly the most fun to be with. The boy who hands out nicknames and changes them often to suit the mood, he is a "hail fellow well met", congenial and always game and full of bluster. He is a boy's boy who fishes, farms and hunts, a little wild at times but fundamentally a well brought up kid who almost always minds his manners.
I found this compilation of letters fascinating and at times charming despite its meticulously researched and scholarly presentation. Hemingway's personality bubbles up through the footnotes and annotations and makes what could be dry and dreary a darn good read.
I found myself smiling broadly at the 15 year old's letter to his mother, begging for new, more adult clothing, especially long pants as "every other Boy in our class has them". A sketch of an outstretched arm with the shirt cuff only reaching to the elbow follows the lament: "My pants are so small every time I wiggle I think they are going to split. And I have about 8 or Ten inches of wrist below me cuffs thusly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I now have the complete set. I love the content, of course; that's why I bought it. It's too bad so many letters of his to Hadley and Martha were purposely destroyed, although I... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bruce Oksol
You can't do better than starting with volume one and then buying the complete series when they're published. He was a great writer from day one, as this book shows.Published 19 months ago by R. J. Karger
what insight, only a Hemingway "geek" may enjoy but when you read the progression of letters and take a second to digest to time in history they where written , wow he was... Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by Kal Lester
My daughter is a fan of Ernest Hemingway. I hate to say that as a teacher I had NEVER read anything of his until my daughter took an honors English class. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Sandra K. Stiles
The insight of Hemmingway's was awesome as one sees him as a young boy/man. Awesome how he developed his writing skills as he did not go to college. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Mike P