Hemingway in Love

Hemingway in Love

His Own Story : A Memoir

Book - 2015
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"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 nearly a decade. Hemingway divulged 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 the literary woman he'd create and the great love he spent the rest of his life seeking. 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 he stumbled with a bunch of bananas and a bottle of gin in hand; of F. Scott Fitzgerald dispensing romantic advice; of midnight champagne with Josephine Baker; of adventure, human error, and life after lost love. This is Hemingway as few have known him: humble and full of regret. To protect the feelings of Ernest's wife Mary (also a close friend) and to satisfy the terms of his publisher's cautious legal review, Hotch kept the conversations to himself for decades. Now he tells the story as Hemingway told it to him. Hemingway in Love puts you in the room with the master as he remembers the definitive years that set the course for the rest of his life and stayed with him until the end of his days"--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250077486
Branch Call Number: B H373H 2015
Characteristics: xix, 172 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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Jul 16, 2018

In my twenties, and for decades later, I considered A Moveable Feast to be the best book I ever read. Then a few years ago, in preparation for going to Paris, I read it again and found it somehow diminished - sad and a little bit sordid. I thought: What a jerk. How could he do that to Hadley and Bumby? This book by A.E. Hotchner answers that question, still leaving me feeling that Hem was indeed a jerk, but helping me to see the human side of what he did. He naively, but actually, thought he could have both Hadley and Pauline. In the end he considered it the tragic mistake of his life.

Hotchner hung around with Hemingway during the 40s and 50s, sometimes recording their conversations on a little tape recorder and making notes from it. Now that the people who could be hurt by these revelations are gone, Hotchner thought it was time to tell the story. I'm glad he did.

ArapahoeKati Feb 05, 2018

It's amazing when a book makes you understand something about yourself that you hadn't before, and I think it's because this was an entirely new side of Hemingway I hadn't seen before. Highly recommend if you're interested in Hemingway.

Sep 02, 2016

A quick read but no substance.
Hotchner filled the pages with name-dropping and letting us know that he hob-knobbed with Papa Hemingway.
The tone is of someone wanting to cash in on a chance opportunity of having met Hemingway and befriended him (although it seems a bit of a parasitic relationship with Hemingway paying for the dinners, wines and at least some trips).
Lots of name-dropping and no one names can defend themselves anymore.
Not a fan.


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