Hemingway and Me: Letters, Anecdotes, and Memories of a Life-Changing Friendship
Biography/memoir by Jeffrey Lyons, film critic and son of famed journalist Leonard Lyons. Lyons recounts his father's enduring friendship with Hemingway, which also extended to Lyons's wife and sons. Traces his father's relationship with Hemingway from their initial 1937 meeting in New York to Mary Hemingway's 1961 call to her old friend Lenny asking him to announce Hemingway's death to the world. Covers his father's reportage on Hemingway in his daily columns, reprints correspondence, and reminisces about his own time spent with Hemingway at the Lyons family home in New York, the Finca Vigía in Cuba, and elsewhere. Lyons writes of his father's relationship with Hemingway: "He trusted my father as he trusted very few friends. His candid letters revealed some of the substance of the man behind the legend." Includes a foreword by Liam Neeson and eight black-and-white photographs but no index.