Sunday, October 13, 2013

Five top books that explore & celebrate Hemingway's career

One title on the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five top books that explore and celebrate Ernest Hemingway's career:
Hemingway: The Final Years
by Michael Reynolds

In the final volume of his biographical trilogy, Reynolds chronicles the last two decades of the writer's life -- years marked by literary triumph, personal tumult, and increasing physical and psychological distress. Unable to disentangle himself from the myth of the adventurer and sportsman he had so assiduously cultivated, Hemingway grappled with paranoia and depression even as the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes cemented his literary stature. Portions of his 1940 novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, in which Robert Jordan considers suicide to avoid capture, foreshadow Hemingway's eventual self-destruction. The tragic arc of the writer's twilight years has never been more movingly captured.
Read about the other books on the list.

Also see: Five top books on Hemingway in Paris.

--Marshal Zeringue