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Hemingway: A Companion Reading List for the Captivating New Documentary

March 31st, 2021

Revolutionary author, literary giant, and . . . man riddled with troubles? Known for his influential writing style, Ernest Hemingway transformed the literary landscape of the twentieth century, but have you ever wondered what life was really like for this Nobel Prize–winning powerhouse? If you have, then look no further, as renowned filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have come together to direct the upcoming documentary series Hemingway. Hemingway provides an intimate look into the life of this esteemed writer while uncovering his limitations and hardships that much of the world has never known. The three-part, six-hour series will be premiering on PBS from April 5–7. Watch the trailer here, and if you’re interested in learning even more about the man, the myth, the legend, Ernest Hemingway, then be sure to check out these books.

In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954, did more to change the style of fiction in English than any other writer of his time with his economical prose and terse, declarative sentences that conceal more than they reveal. In Our Time, published in 1925, was the collection that first drew the world’s attention to Hemingway. Besides revealing his versatility as a writer and throwing a fascinating light on the themes of his major novels—war, love, heroism, and renunciation—this collection contains many stories that are lasting achievements in their own right, including the Nick Adams stories “Indian Camp,” “The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife,” “The Three-Day Blow,” “The Battler,” and “Big Two-Hearted River.”

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Ernest Hemingway by Mary Dearborn

Incorporating fascinating new research, Mary Dearborn’s revelatory investigation of Hemingway’s life and work substantially deepens our understanding of the artist and the man.

The “most fully faceted portrait of Hemingway now available” (The Washington Post) draws on a wide array of never-before-used material, resulting in the most nuanced biography to date of this complex, enigmatic artist.
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Hemingway’s Boat by Paul Hendrickson

Drawing on previously unpublished material, including interviews with Hemingway’s sons, Hendrickson shows that for all the writer’s boorishness, depression, and alcoholism, and despite his choleric anger, he was capable of remarkable generosity—to struggling writers, to lost souls, to the dying son of a friend. Hemingway’s Boat is both stunningly original and deeply gripping, an invaluable contribution to our understanding of this great American writer, published fifty years after his death.

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Autumn in Venice by Andrea di Robilant

In the fall of 1948, Ernest Hemingway and his fourth wife traveled for the first time to Venice, which Hemingway called “absolutely god-damned wonderful.” A year shy of his fiftieth birthday, Hemingway hadn’t published a novel in nearly a decade when he met and fell in love with Adriana Ivancich, a striking Venetian girl just out of finishing school. Here Andrea di Robilant re-creates with sparkling clarity this surprising, years-long relationship, during which Adriana inspired a man thirty years her senior to complete his great final work.

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