Ernest Hemingway: A Literary Life by L. Wagner-Martin

By L. Wagner-Martin

Linda Wagner-Martin brings a wealth of latest details to this specified portrait of Hemingway and his global, concentrating rather on his friendships with ladies and the historical past of his 4 marriages.

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Dear Ernesto” 29 When John Bone asked Hemingway to travel to Genoa, Italy, to cover the major international economic conference, he felt that he could not refuse the work. 28 He was gone from Paris from April 6 through April 27, missing Hadley, missing his top-floor writing room at the Hotel Verlaine, missing the book stalls along with Seine, and the fishermen serious about their occupation along those banks. Even though Paul Scott Mowrer allowed Hemingway to charge his dispatches on Mowrer’s Chicago Daily News account, he was broke.

During those weeks in Genoa, he liked working with Lincoln Steffens, Bill Bird, Max Eastman, Mowrer, and others, and he found the political figures— especially the Russian George Tchitcherin—fascinating, but he was tired. He had injured his leg and hand when he first arrived and the gas water heater blew up as he tried to light it;29 by the end of the conference, he also had one of his bad sore throats. Back in Paris, still sick but happy with Hadley, Hemingway tried to resume his writing: what he discovered was no surprise.

8 The usual accounts of Ernest’s correspondence with Hadley mention that he wrote her, on occasion, two or three letters a day; the Kennedy Hemingway archive, however, does not bear this out. There is a week in December, 1920, when Hadley came back to Chicago for the weekend— alone—and her next letter was late. ”9 As early as her November 25 letter, Hadley tried to clarify how she felt about the difference in their ages (she thought Hemingway was a year older than he was, but even so, there was a difference of eight years).

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