Ernest Hemingway on Writing by Larry W. Phillips

By Larry W. Phillips

An assemblage of reflections at the nature of writing and the author from one the best American writers of the 20th century.

Throughout Hemingway’s profession as a author, he maintained that it used to be undesirable success to speak about writing—that it takes to the air “whatever butterflies have on their wings and the association of hawk’s feathers should you express it or discuss it.”

Despite this trust, by way of the top of his lifestyles he had performed simply what he meant to not do. In his novels and tales, in letters to editors, associates, fellow artists, and critics, in interviews and in commissioned articles at the topic, Hemingway wrote frequently approximately writing. And he wrote besides and as incisively in regards to the topic as any author who ever lived…

This booklet comprises Hemingway’s reflections at the nature of the author and on components of the writer’s existence, together with particular and beneficial suggestion to writers at the craft of writing, paintings conduct, and self-discipline. The Hemingway character comes via regularly knowledge, wit, humor, and perception, and in his insistence at the integrity of the author and of the occupation itself.
—From the Preface by means of Larry W. Phillips

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You can’t make one be another. Invention is the finest thing but you cannot invent anything that would not actually happen. That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best—make it all up—but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way. Goddamn it you took liberties with peoples’ pasts and futures that produced not people but damned marvellously faked case histories. You, who can write better than anybody can, who are so lousy with talent that you have to—the hell with it. Scott for gods sake write and write truly no matter who or what it hurts but do not make these silly compromises.

528–529 Seven Characters Most of the people in this story are alive and I was writing it very carefully to not have anybody identifiable. to Alfred Rice, 1953 Selected Letters, p. C. Star review. I’m so glad you liked the Doctor story…. I put in Dick Boulton and Billy Tabeshaw as real people with their real names because it was pretty sure they would never read the Transatlantic Review. I’ve written a number of stories about the Michigan country—the country is always true—what happens in the stories is fiction.

You had to digest life and then create your own people. Mac had stuff, though. Nick in the stories was never himself. He made him up. Of course he’d never seen an Indian woman having a baby. That was what made it good. Nobody knew that. He’d seen a woman have a baby on the road to Karagatch and tried to help her. That was the way it was. The Nick Adams Stories, p. 238 Here is the point. I had a wonderful novel to write about Oak Park and would never do it because I did not want to hurt liveing people.

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