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The Letters of Ernest Hemingway

Volume 2. 1923–1925

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Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway

Sandra Spanier, J. Gerald Kennedy
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  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521897341

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  • The Letters of Ernest Hemingway documents the life and creative development of a gifted artist and outsized personality whose work would both reflect and transform his times. Volume 2 (1923–1925) illuminates Hemingway's literary apprenticeship in the legendary milieu of expatriate Paris in the 1920s. We witness the development of his friendships with the likes of Sylvia Beach, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Dos Passos. Striving to 'make it new,' he emerges from the tutelage of Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein to forge a new style, gaining recognition as one of the most formidable talents of his generation. In this period, Hemingway publishes his first three books, including In Our Time (1925), and discovers a lifelong passion for Spain and the bullfight, quickly transforming his experiences into fiction as The Sun Also Rises (1926). The volume features many previously unpublished letters and a humorous sketch that was rejected by Vanity Fair.

    • The first authorised edition of Ernest Hemingway's complete letters, including much previously unpublished material
    • This volume covers the heart of 'The Paris Years' (1923–5), the experiences that forged his earliest works, the relationship with his first wife Hadley, and includes a never-before-published short story
    • The letters are accompanied by notes, a detailed introduction, chronologies, illustrations, maps and indexes
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Never is Hemingway more fascinating or in flux than in these letters from his Paris years, that dark and dazzling confluence of literary ascendancy and personal maelstrom. Bravo to Sandra Spanier for giving us this dazzling gem of literary scholarship, and the young Hemingway in his own words - unvarnished, wickedly funny, mercilessly human."        
    Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

    "This expertly edited and annotated volume will be devoured by fans eager to learn how the literary titan came into his own."
    Publishers Weekly

    "Hemingway did not want his letters published, but this carefully researched scholarly edition does them justice … devotees will find this and future volumes indispensable."
    Library Journal

    "This second volume of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway documents the years in which he became himself … His style is at once close to and yet unutterably distant from that of his fiction."
    The New York Times

    "Bawdy, humorous, linguistically playful."
    Literary Review

    "The volume's 242 letters, about two-thirds previously unpublished, provide as complete an account of Hemingway's life during the Paris years as one could ask for."
    Star Tribune

    "Roughly written as they are these letters show occasional flashes of true Hemingway … It is fascinating to watch the private rehearsals of what would be public performances."
    The Daily Telegraph

    "For those with a passion for American literary history and an interest in the machinery of fame, these letters, ably and helpfully annotated by a team of scholars led by Sandra Spanier of Penn State University, provide an abundance of raw material and a few hours' worth of scintillating reading."
    The Kansas City Star

    "The volume itself is beautifully designed and skillfully edited … As a book, it is perfect."
    Los Angeles Review of Books

    "With more than 6,000 letters accounted for so far, the project to publish Ernest Hemingway’s correspondence may yet reveal the fullest picture of the twentieth-century icon that we’ve ever had. The second volume includes merely 242 letters, a majority published for the first time … readers can watch Hemingway invent the foundation of his legacy in bullrings, bars, and his writing solitude."

    "Warmly unpretentious and frequently playful."
    The Spectator

    "Most enjoyable …"
    The Tablet

    "Amusing, moving and perceptive … this essential volume, beautifully presented and annotated with tremendous care and extraordinary attention to detail, offers readers a Hemingway who is both familiar and new."
    The Times Literary Supplement

    "Two thirds of these have never seen the light of day before. A great continuing literary project."
    Buffalo News

    "The register in which Hemingway writes varies greatly, ranging from telegraphic … excited communications with intimates to formal, correct letters to those with whom he has mainly business - literary or financial - relations. All the magnificent apparatus of the first volume …Summing up: essential."

    "… this volume will most likely never be superseded. It is crucial contribution to literary history."
    Mark Ott, American Literary History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521897341
    • length: 604 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 36 mm
    • weight: 1.08kg
    • contains: 43 b/w illus. 6 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General editor's preface Sandra Spanier
    Note on the text
    Abbreviations and short titles
    Introduction to the volume J. Gerald Kennedy
    The letters, 1923–1925
    Roster of correspondents
    Calendar of letters
    Index of recipients
    General index.

  • Author

    Ernest Hemingway


    Sandra Spanier, Pennsylvania State University
    Sandra Spanier, Professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University, is General Editor of The Cambridge Edition of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway and co-editor of its first volume. Some of her publications include Kay Boyle: Artist and Activist (1986) and Martha Gellhorn and Virginia Cowles' rediscovered play Love Goes to Press (1995, revised edition 2010). Her most recent essay on Hemingway appeared in Ernest Hemingway in Context (2012), and she serves on the editorial board of The Hemingway Review.

    Albert J. DeFazio III, George Mason University, Virginia
    Albert J. DeFazio III, Term Professor at George Mason University, is author of Literary Masterpieces: The Sun Also Rises (2000), editor of Dear Papa … Dear Hotch: The Ernest Hemingway/A. E. Hotchner Correspondence (2005), and Associate Editor of Volume 1 of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway. He has contributed bibliographies in The Hemingway Review, served on its editorial board, and edits The Hemingway Newsletter.

    Robert W. Trogdon, Kent State University, Ohio
    Robert W. Trogdon is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Kent State University. He is co-editor, with Sandra Spanier, of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, Volume 1. He is the author of The Lousy Racket: Hemingway, Scribners and the Business of Literature (2007) and editor of Ernest Hemingway: A Literary Reference (2002). He is a member of the board of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society.


    Sandra Spanier, J. Gerald Kennedy

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