Hemingway In Love: His Own Story

February 28, 2019|
Hemingway In Love: His Own Story by A. E. Hotchner
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Hemingway''s deeply reflective account of his destructive Paris affair and how it affected the legendary life he rebuilt after, as told to his best friend, the writer A.E. Hotchner.

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.

Heather's Review

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 (1917-2020) was a life-long writer. In his seven decade career, he produced novels, plays, teleplays, biographies and memoirs. His numerous books include his 1966 internationally bestselling biography of his close friend Ernest Hemingway, Papa Hemingway. His books The Man Who Lived at the Ritz and Looking for Miracles wer...
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Title:Hemingway In Love: His Own Story
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:192 pages, 7.76 X 5.26 X 1.01 in
Shipping dimensions:192 pages, 7.76 X 5.26 X 1.01 in
Published:February 28, 2019
Publisher:St. Martin's Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781250077486

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