Hemingway by Michael S. Reynolds
The American Homecoming

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Michael Reynolds' extraordinary evocation of Hemingway's life continues in this third volume, which finds the American writer in Paris in 1926 and follows him through the dissolution of his first marriage and the beginning of his second, ending with the return from his first African safari. It shows the emergence of the public version of Hemingway and the development of a mature and significant literary talent. Most importantly it shows the radical difference between the two versions of Hemingway's male heroes. The now accepted version of these actors (tough, self-reliant, lapidary figures) is shown to be a distinct break from the earlier figures who are vulnerable, wounded survivors living precariously in a doomed world in which they have little control. These are not men with a code of behaviour, nor are they strong, forceful role models. They do not make things happen. They do not fare well with women. As Reynolds shows, this transition has its roots in Hemingway's own life. Hemingway's transition from a rootless and insecure expatriate to the forceful figure of myth is a complex web involving his father's suicide, the great depression, his second marriage and his return to America. Michael Reynolds reveals this narrative with his customary vigour, style and clarity.
 

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Published December 1, 1992 by Blackwell Pub. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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“You know you love the sea and would not be anywhere else,” wrote Ernest Hemingway in Islands in the Stream.

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The author of a multivolume biography of Hemingway (which began with The Young Hemingway, 1986) continues his fact-packed, engaging exploration of the talent Lionel Trilling called perhaps the most ``publicly developed'' in America's history.

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Reynolds (English/North Carolina State Univ.) is on installment three of his Hemingway biography (The Young Hemingway, 1986;

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The concluding installment of Reynolds's (Hemingway: The Paris Years) three-volume life of Papa makes a fitting centennial tribute to one of the most influential American writers of the century.

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This third volume in Reynolds's biography deals with the 25-month period of Hemingway's life beginning in March 1926, which saw the breakup of his marriage to his first wife, Hadley; the publication o

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London Review of Books

Michael Reynolds is the marrying kind of biographer: president of the Hemingway Society, he has published a 140-page annotated chronology of Hemingway’s life, a 2300-item inventory of Hemingway’s reading, and a monograph-length study of the creation of A Farewell to Arms, as well as three serial ...

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The New York Review of Books

Your August 13 review of Kenneth Lynn’s Hemingway essay incorrectly attributes Michael Reynolds’s The Young Hemingway to Oxford University Press.

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Recurrence in Hemingway and Cézanne [Access article in HTML] [Access article in PDF] Subject Headings: Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 -- Criticism and interpretation.

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Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms: A Reference Guide is yet another indispensable addition to Hemingway scholarship by Linda Wagner-Martin.

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(The layout, Hemingway events on the left, political and artistic events on the right, is not consistently spatially synchronized, sometimes giving the impression of Hemingway racing ahead of history.) On the other hand, the Guide includes readings of Hemingway situating his work amidst turn-of-t...

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