Hemingway: The Final Years
The fifth and final installment of Reynolds’s multivolume biography picking up where Hemingway: The 1930s (1997) left off. Detailed and thorough account of Hemingway’s life, from 1940 to his suicide in 1961. These years include his World War II experiences, tumultuous marriages to journalists Martha Gellhorn and Mary Welsh, travels through Europe and Africa, and physical and mental decline. More importantly for literary history, they include the publication of For Whom the Bell Tolls, the composition and publication of Across the River and into the Trees, and The Old Man and the Sea, and work on A Moveable Feast, Islands in the Stream, The Dangerous Summer, and The Garden of Eden. Reynolds reconstructs the cultural, historical, and political contexts of the last two decades of Hemingway’s life, reprinting portions of letters, newspaper clippings, and reviews. Helpful notes and index.