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The Letters of Ernest Hemingway

Volume 1. 1907–1922

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Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway

Sandra Spanier, Linda Patterson Miller, Robert W. Trogdon
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  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521897334

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  • With the first publication, in this edition, of all the surviving letters of Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), readers will for the first time be able to follow the thoughts, ideas and actions of one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century in his own words. This first volume encompasses his youth, his experience in World War I and his arrival in Paris. The letters reveal a more complex person than Hemingway's tough guy public persona would suggest: devoted son, affectionate brother, infatuated lover, adoring husband, spirited friend and disciplined writer. Unguarded and never intended for publication, the letters record experiences that inspired his art, afford insight into his creative process and express his candid assessments of his own work and that of his contemporaries. The letters present immediate accounts of events and relationships that profoundly shaped his life and work. A detailed introduction, notes, chronology, illustrations and index are included. CLICK HERE to follow 'The Hemingway Letters' on Facebook CLICK HERE to watch Patrick Hemingway, Ernest's second son, discusses the letters and the writer's private persona with editor Sandra Spanier.

    • The authorised edition of Hemingway's complete letters
    • This volume covers his youth, his experiences in the First World War and his arrival in Paris
    • The letters are accompanied by notes, a detailed introduction, chronologies, illustrations, maps and indexes
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "A literary treasure trove … Where Hemingway's published works had all been so deliberate and painstakingly chiseled, his letters were free-form and expansive - unsanded and unvarnished … His letters may prove to be the most honest log of Hemingway's fascinating life-voyage, the truest sentences he ever wrote … Their value cannot be overstated."
    Vanity Fair

    "… without question a spectacular scholarly achievement."
    The New York Times

    "These letters - boisterous, exuberant, and insistent on a reply (see me! hear me! feel me! so many of them seem to implore) - only show more deeply how fearlessly - carelessly, even - Hemingway lived in order to be seen."
    Alexandra Fuller, The Daily Beast

    "… the expert work of the editors has made a landmark contribution to Hemingway studies and American literature with an impeccably produced first entry in this ambitious series."
    Mark Cirino, American Book Review

    "… reminds us why we fell in love with the guy to begin with …"
    Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times

    "This Cambridge edition of all of Hemingway's known letters is as elegant and proper a solution as one could wish to such a daunting challenge: how to make this treasure available to all interested scholars and readers for generations to come. I think that Papa Hemingway would be pleased. His favorite dictum seems most fitting on this splendid occasion: 'Il faut, d'abord, durer.' (First of all, one must endure; or as my Dad translated it with supreme economy: 'First: last'.) Along with his books, Hemingway's most personal thoughts and expressions will now endure beyond his wildest dreams."
    Charles Scribner

    "… a tender homage to this unknown Hemingway, revealing new insights into his creative process along the way, but also a bow before the lost art of letter-writing itself."
    The Atlantic

    "Those familiar with the gruff, humorless, and word-chary sportsman of popular legend will be surprised to find a charming and compulsive correspondent whose garrulous voice works irresistible magic on the English language."
    Publishers Weekly

    "[The letters are] idiosyncratic, lively, dotted with nicknames, doodles, and unusual spellings, and typewriter-induced typos. Many have a refreshingly off-the-cuff feel that contrasts with the polish of his published work."
    The Chronicle of Higher Education

    "Love him or hate him, he was one of the great novelists."

    "[The collection] chronicles the development of a significant figure in the story of American letters."
    St Louis Post-Dispatch

    "… a major project in literary scholarship … left me eager to read more."
    Robert Fulford, The National Post

    "And so begins the ambitious - and highly anticipated - publication of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, a vast collection that proves to be both a revealing autobiography and the passkey to his literary works. This first volume is a vibrant portrait of the artist as a young man, striking all the notes that will resonate as themes in the epic life and epochal literature that lie ahead."
    A. Scott Berg

    "The collected Hemingway letters will be enthusiastically welcomed by the scholarly world as well as the legion of Hemingway enthusiasts around the world. He is not only one of the most important twentieth-century writers in the world, but a fascinating and frank letter writer. This collection will be an invaluable addition to the world of letters."
    Noel Riley Fitch

    "Hemingway admirers, scholars, and students will find the book essential. The letters fill in abundant biographical and intellectual details, and readers will revel in the young man's exuberant wordplay, private language, and slang."
    Steve Paul, Booklist

    "Today Hemingway seems an infinitely protean figure, no matter how caricatured his popular image as the He-man of American letters. This collection gives us 264 opportunities to reinvent him even further."
    Resources for American Literary Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521897334
    • length: 516 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 162 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.96kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. General Editor's introduction Sandra Spanier
    2. Foreword Linda Patterson Miller
    3. Introduction Robert W. Trogdon
    4. Note on the text
    5. Acknowledgments
    6. Abbreviations and cue-titles
    7. Chronology
    8. The letters, 1907–1922
    9. Roster of correspondents
    10. Calendar of letters

  • Author

    Ernest Hemingway


    Sandra Spanier, Pennsylvania State University
    Sandra Spanier is Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University and General Editor of the Hemingway Letters Project.

    Robert W. Trogdon, Kent State University, Ohio
    Robert W. Trogdon is Professor of English at Kent State University.


    Sandra Spanier, Linda Patterson Miller, Robert W. Trogdon

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