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Hemingway in Love: His Own Story

byA. E. Hotchner

Hardcover | October 20, 2015

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In June of 1961, A. E. Hotchner visited a close friend in the psychiatric ward of St. Mary's Hospital. It would be the last time they spoke - three weeks later, Ernest Hemingway returned home, where he took his own life. Their final conversation was also the final installment in a saga that Hemingway had unraveled for Hotchner over years of world travel.

Ernest always kept a few of his special experiences off the page, storing them as insurance against a dry-up of ideas. But after a near miss with death, he entrusted his most meaningful tale to Hotchner, so that if he never got to write it himself, then at least someone would know. In characteristically pragmatic terms, Hemingway divulged the details of the affair that destroyed his first marriage: the truth of his romantic life in Paris and how he gambled and lost Hadley, the great love he'd spend the rest of his life seeking.

But the search was not without its notable moments, and he told of those, too: of impotence cured in a house of God; of back-to-back plane crashes in the African bush, one of which nearly killed him, while he emerged from the other brandishing a bottle of gin and a bunch of bananas; of cocktails and commiseration with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Josephine Baker; of adventure, human error, and life after lost love. This is Hemingway as few have known him - humble, thoughtful, and full of regret.

To protect the feelings of Ernest's wife, Mary, who was also a close friend, Hotch kept these 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 and invites you to listen as he relives the drama of those young, definitive years that set the course for the rest of his life and dogged him to the end of his days.

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There are few things more intimate, more privileged, than to listen to an old friend talk about love and loss, passion and regret, and all the mistakes they wish they could take back. Over forty years ago A.E. Hotchner listened to his friend Ernest Hemingway, broken and closer to the end of his life than anyone could know, and wrote ...

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A.E. HOTCHNER is a life-long writer and the author of seventeen books, among them O.J. in the Morning, G & T at Night and Papa Hemingway, a critically acclaimed 1966 memoir of his thirteen-year friendship with Ernest Hemingway. Hotchner's memoir, King of the Hill, was adapted into a film by Steven Soderbergh. In addition to his writing...
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Title:Hemingway in Love: His Own StoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 7.76 × 5.26 × 1.01 inPublished:October 20, 2015Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Loved it! A sweet and charming account and I only wish it never ended!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Love Story and an end with a twist! I read this in one day, I could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I am an admirer of Hemingway; great author and great fisherman. When I heard this memoir was coming out, I knew I had to own it. To read a memoir from the author's view; being there for him through good and bad, I got a deeper admiration for Hemingway. A beautiful memoir, well written.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poignantly Beautiful I am a big admirer of Hemingway, not only as a writer, but as a literary and historical figure. I looked so forward to this book, and it did not disappoint. It is beautifully written, and gives a wonderful insight into the love that Hemingway had for Hadley, and their life together. A must-read for Hemingway and Hadley fans.
Date published: 2015-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised and really moved I absolutely loved this book. I flew through it. I couldn't help but be moved by it as it is a really touching story. And for once I feel like we actually get a real glimpse at what the man really was like and how he thought and felt. The book was very well and very lovingly written.
Date published: 2015-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tender, aching story of great love and great remorse There are few things more intimate, more privileged, than to listen to an old friend talk about love and loss, passion and regret, and all the mistakes they wish they could take back. Over forty years ago A.E. Hotchner listened to his friend Ernest Hemingway, broken and closer to the end of his life than anyone could know, and wrote it all down. Hemingway In Love is the result of those conversations and that friendship, and is as intimate a portrait of the great writer as we are ever likely to see. There is an image we have of Hemingway, cultivated by publishers, the media, and Hemingway himself; a passionate, temperamental man of action, a hunter, a drinker, and a lover who feasted on life until he burst. But those closest to him, his four wives, his friends like Hotchner and F. Scott Fitzgerald, knew a different man, one who felt trapped by poor choices and a heart that loved too much. Forty years ago Hotchner helped assemble Hemingway's spectacular memoir, A Moveable Feast (he even gave it its title) but many stories, many important truths were edited out to spare the feelings of those still living. Now those stories can be told. At the heart of it all is Hemingway's agony at being torn between Hadley, his first and greatest love, and Pauline, a woman he knew would ruin him but whose charms he didn't have the strength to fight. Hemingway knows his weaknesses, and we see his shame through the eyes of Hotchner as he tries to reach out to his friend in his final days of madness and despair. Hemingway In Love is an essential read for anyone wanting to understand one of the twentieth century's greatest writers, but it's so much more than that. It is a story of great love and great remorse, and an aching, wrenching reminder that sometimes regret comes too late, and the only thing a friend can do is listen.
Date published: 2015-10-01

Editorial Reviews

"In this piercingly intimate new volume, A. E. Hotchner plumbs the depths of Hemingway's most poignant realizations and regrets - not just whom he loved and ultimately lost, but the very nature of his heart. A tender and devastating portrait...and one I will personally treasure." - Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife "The first complete understanding of the writer as a man...an important book."-Library Journal (starred review)"A portrait of triumphant highs, melancholic lows, and the pervading tone of the subject's generation-a human being's love lost."-Publishers Weekly"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."-PopMatters "Hotchner takes his reader into the beautiful Gritti Palace Hotel in Venice...paints Paris in the 1920s replete with Gertrude Stein, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Archibald MacLeish, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, and others. ...Hemingway in Love is a lovely little amuse-gueule."-The Lincoln Star Journal "A. E. Hotchner's Hemingway in Love is a poignant postscript to A Moveable Feast...a book of elegiac charm."-BookPage"A. E. Hotchner is a natural storyteller, and it has been our good fortune that among his friends and acquaintances are bullfighters, glamorous women, talented actors, painters, poets, and interesting poseurs - people who attract and enlighten readers. Hemingway in Love is the crowning achievement in Hotchner's lifetime study of Hemingway, and I admire it immensely." -Gay Talese