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Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His time

Voss, Frederick/Essay by Reynolds, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0300079265 / ISBN 13: 9780300079265
Published by Yale University Press 1999/99, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His time

Publisher: Yale University Press 1999/99

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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A collection of more than 70 portraits of Ernest Hemingway and those around him, commemorating his life and career. The drawings, paintings and photographs are accompanied by two essays, one on the man as a literary icon and the other examining his life in the light of various portraits.


He wrote some of the best and most influential American prose of the 20th century. But even a cursory look at the marvelous photos, drawings, and paintings assembled for a National Portrait Gallery exhibition honoring Ernest Hemingway's centennial reminds readers that the author's enduring fame has at least as much to do with his riveting good looks, virile charisma, and macho lifestyle. This book of photos is buoyed by intelligent essays by curator Frederick Voss and Hemingway biographer Michael Reynolds that serve as cogent minibiographies of the man. They cover all the salient points: the great fiction, from The Sun Also Rises to The Old Man and the Sea; the four wives, subservient Hadley Richardson and Mary Welsh and Martha Gelhorn, the feminist exception; the energetic outdoor and public life that couldn't stave off bouts of depression that prompted his suicide in 1961. All the famous pictures are here: the 1934 shot of a cocky, mustachioed Hemingway kneeling with the horns of his kill from an African safari. The classic 1957 Karsh portrait of the writer as bearded éminence grise in a turtleneck sweater. But he isn't visible in the most haunting of all--a photo of his funeral, with a small group of mourners huddled against desolate hills and a pitch-black Idaho sky--an image whose existential starkness equals that of Hemingway's masterpieces. --Wendy Smith

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