Hemingway, the Paris Years

Michael Reynolds, Author Blackwell Publishers $24.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-631-15352-8
Drawing on new sources, the author of The Young Hemingway here skillfully picks up where the earlier book left off, showing how a callous, uneducated, very young writer transformed his straightforward journalistic approach--``the narrator conscious of his own responses to the event''--into a cornerstone of his fiction. Based in Paris from 1921 to 1926, the brash braggart Hemingway, as portrayed by Reynolds, learned from what he read, experienced and observed, letting neither his wife nor his friendships--nor his constant sore throats--stand in the way of his career as a novelist. This is an entertaining, evocative, major biography of an exasperating man, and an enthralling re-creation of literary, artistic and sporting Paris during the Jazz Age. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/01/1989
Release date: 11/01/1989
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