Ernest Hemingway by Mary V. Dearborn
A Biography

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Dearborn skillfully covers an enormous range of rich material; she is an indefatigable researcher. But I’m not an indefatigable reader, and her insistence on using every minute detail slows the momentum of Hemingway’s story.
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The first full biography of Ernest Hemingway in more than fifteen years; the first to draw upon a wide array of never-before-used material; the first written by a woman, from the widely acclaimed biographer of Norman Mailer, Peggy Guggenheim, Henry Miller, and Louise Bryant.

A revelatory look into the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, considered in his time to be the greatest living American novelist and short-story writer, winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Mary Dearborn's new biography gives the richest and most nuanced portrait to date of this complex, enigmatically unique American artist, whose same uncontrollable demons that inspired and drove him throughout his life undid him at the end, and whose seven novels and six-short story collections informed--and are still informing--fiction writing generations after his death.
 

About Mary V. Dearborn

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Mary V. Dearborn is the author of MAILER: A BIOGRAPHY, as well as biographies of Henry Miller, John Dewey and Anzia Yezierska, and Louise Bryant. Dearborn holds a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where she was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. Dearborn currently resides in New York.
 
Published May 16, 2017 by Knopf. 752 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel. Non-fiction
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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Judith Reveal on May 27 2017

She engages the reader with both the well-known stories and references to his writings, as well as many little known facts. This is a worthy biography.

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Reviewed by John Reimringer on May 12 2017

it benefits from years of recent research, which Dearborn uses to compose a compelling portrait of an artist fueled and consumed by demons — manic depression and unresolved gender issues among them — whose ability to write was largely destroyed by alcoholism and traumatic brain injury.

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Reviewed by Elaine Showalter on May 25 2017

Dearborn skillfully covers an enormous range of rich material; she is an indefatigable researcher. But I’m not an indefatigable reader, and her insistence on using every minute detail slows the momentum of Hemingway’s story.

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