Simply Hemingway

4.00 out of 5


As famous for his colorful and adventurous life as for his acclaimed novels, Ernest Hemingway fit a prodigious amount of living into his 62 years. Ambulance driver, big-game hunter, war reporter, record-breaking fishermanit was sometimes hard to separate the man from his characters. In Simply Hemingway, Peter L. Hays provides an illuminating introduction to the author of The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea and demonstrates how Hemingway’s complex life provided the fuel for his immortal works. 

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Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) traveled the globe, transforming his experiences in Paris, Spain, Italy, Africa, Key West, and Cuba into enduring fiction. As an 18-year-old ambulance driver during World War I, he was the first American injured in that conflict to survive, and throughout his life, he was continually involved in extreme exploits, ranging from war correspondent to big-game hunter to four-time-married celebrity. With the publication of The Sun Also Rises in 1926 and A Farewell to Arms three years later, Hemingway established himself as one the most important writers of his generation, a position he largely maintained until his death by suicide in 1961.

In Simply Hemingway, Peter L. Hays presents an engaging chronicle of Hemingway’s life and work, offering key insights into the inspirations for his enduring books and stories. Beginning with his short stories and proceeding chronologically through his major novels and posthumous works, Hays provides a thorough, clear, concise, and easily understandable introduction to this seminal American writer.

Still controversial after more than half a century, Hemingway’s work continues to be taught in nearly every high school, college, and university. With scholarship and verve, Simply Hemingway reveals why this is so.

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