Hemingway: A Life in Pictures

Boris Vejdovsky, with Mariel Hemingway. Firefly, $29.95 trade paper (208p) ISBN 9781554079469
Packed with over 350 images, granddaughter Hemingway shares her family albums with readers, giving additional insight into the iconic author. Beginning with a copy of his birth certificate, Hemingway aficionado Vejdovsky takes readers on a guided tour of the literary legend's life and career via this remarkable collection of candid snapshots. Those familiar with the writer's life and career probably will not find much new here, but images of a young Hemingway dressed as a girl and a copy of an article that appeared in his hometown paper that praised his bravery in combat during WWI for wounds he never received are just a few of the artifacts included. Love letters, edited manuscripts, and shots of Hemingway at bullfights and on hunting expeditions add credence to the legendary tales he spun of his exploits. Arranged chronologically, readers are able to walk through the writer's life, gaining greater insight into Ernest Hemingway as a man as well as a writer. Images of Hemingway fishing, reading to his infant son and recuperating from a plane crash in the 50s humanize him in ways a traditional biography cannot. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 11/28/2011
Release date: 10/01/2011
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