Hemingway in Love

His Own Story

4.01 based on 1318 ratings & 251 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 22.10.2015
ISBN: 9781447299929
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

In June of 1961, A.E. Hotchner visited an old friend in the psychiatric ward of St. Mary's Hospital. It would be the last time they spoke--a few weeks later, Ernest Hemingway was released home, where he took his own life. Their final conversation was also the final installment in a story whose telling Hemingway had spread over more than a decade.
In characteristically pragmatic terms, Hemingway revealed to Hotchner the details of the affair that destroyed his first marriage: the truth of his romantic life in Paris and how he lost Hadley, the true part of each literary woman he'd later create and the great love he spent the rest of his life seeking. And he told of the mischief that made him a legend: of impotence cured in a house of God; of a plane crash in the African bush, from which Hemingway stumbled with a bunch of bananas and a bottle of gin in hand; of F. Scott Fitzgerald dispensing romantic advice and champagne in the buff with Josephine Baker; of adventure, human error, and life after lost love. This is Hemingway as you've never known him--humble, thoughtful, and full of regret.
To protect the feelings of Ernest's wife--Mary, also a close friend--Hotch held back, keeping the conversations to himself for decades. Now, for the first time, he tells the whole story, mostly in Hemingway's own words. Hemingway in Love is the intimate and repentantly candid chapter missing from the definitive biography of a literary giant.

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This confessional of love not lost but thrown away adds fascinating details (how he cured his impotence in a church, his falling out with James Joyce), but it is the tone of intimate, sorrowful humility in place of boastfulness that moves most
Guardian
A. E. Hotchner's Hemingway in Love is a poignant postscript to A Moveable Feast. . .a book of elegiac charm
BookPage
Hotchner tells an engaging and harrowing story. . .offers us something of a 'behind the scenes' glimpse at how Hemingway was processing his past, and dealing with the lingering trauma of regret, physical pain, and his deteriorating creative ability. . .The final years of Hemingway's life have never been told with such eloquence and compassion
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