Hemingway on War by Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway witnessed many of the seminal conflicts of the twentieth century, and he recorded them with matchless power. Now, this landmark volume brings together Hemingway's most important writings on war.

Edited and with an introduction by Hemingway's grandson Seán and featuring a personal foreword by the author's only living son, Patrick, this volume includes selections from Hemingway's first book of short stories, In Our Time, as well as from A Farewell to Arms, his towering novel of World War I. Excerpts from For Whom the Bell Tolls, Hemingway's indelible portrait of life and love during the Spanish Civil War, along with his only full-length play, The Fifth Column, brilliantly evoke the tumultuous war-torn Spain of the late 1930s.

Passages from Across the River and Into the Trees vividly portray an emotionally scarred career soldier in the twilight of life as he reflects on the nature of war. Classic short stories, such as "In Another Country" and "The Butterfly and the Tank," stand alongside captivating selections from Hemingway's war correspondence during his nearly twenty-five years as a reporter for The Toronto Star and other papers. Among these journalistic pieces are the author's coverage of the Greco-Turkish War of 1922, a legendary early interview with Mussolini, and his jolting eyewitness account of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.

Hemingway on War is a compelling collection of Ernest Hemingway's best writings about the devastating impact of human combat. Brought together for the first time, these works represent the author's penetrating and frank accounts of courage, fear, perseverance, depression, and hope in the midst of war.

 

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Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961. Sean Hemingway is Associate Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), author of many classic works, including "The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, Green Hills of Africa, The Garden of Eden," and "In Our Time," was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Sean Hemingway and his wife, Colette, live in Brooklyn, New York. Patrick Hemingway and his wife, Carol, live in Bozeman, Montana.
 
Published November 4, 2003 by Scribner. 384 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Edited by his grandson, Sean, this collection of Hemingway's best, and sometimes most obscure, short stories, novel excerpts, and war correspondence chronologically traces the author's account of mode

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They begin with little Ernest around age 8, telling his father that he "saw a mother duck with seven little babies," and end with Hemingway at age 23, writing to such luminaries as Gertrude Stein, Sherwood Anderson, and Ezra Pound.

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John Bedford Lloyd is faced with the burden of providing a passable version of Hemingway's voice and largely succeeds, but it's much more satisfying to listen to Hemingway's son Patrick, and his grandson Seán, who, in addition to sharing their own reminiscences, offer a hint of what Papa himself ...

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Edited by his grandson, Sean, this collection of Hemingway's best, and sometimes most obscure, short stories, novel excerpts, and war correspondence chronologically traces the author's account of mode

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Hotchner provides us with Hemingway on hunting (“In shooting you've got to be careful, not worried”), Hemingway on war (“Why the hell do the good and the brave have to die before everyone else?”), and, of course, Hemingway being nasty about fellow writers (on Faulkner: “Does he really think big e...

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