The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

Correspondence and the Everyday Hemingway

Document Type

Book Chapter

Citation

del Gizzo, Suzanne and Kirk Curnutt, eds. The New Hemingway Studies. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Annotation

The authors demonstrate how the vast body of Hemingway's "letters constitute his autobiography in the continuous present tense." Reminds readers how his widow Mary Hemingway overruled his wish to keep his correspondence unpublished and asked biographer Carlos Baker to produce the volume of Selected Letters in 1981. Selected Letters contained 600 letters in whole or in part, about 10 percent of the known quantity of items being published in the Hemingway Letters Project. Five volumes of collected letters have been released so far, and a dozen more are planned for release, one every two years. The authors suggest Baker's selection process was skewed toward issues of popularity (the Paris years, The Old Man and the Sea, for example) and not a "data-driven" reflection of the true distribution of Hemingway's output as a correspondent. Illustrates how revelations in each new volume have given readers fresh perspectives on Hemingway's life as he lived it and scholars fresh material with which to examine and interpret his works. Using Hemingway's complicated relationship with Gertrude Stein as an example, Kale and Spanier demonstrate how the correspondence expands and deepens our understanding and otherwise forces us to grapple with a much more three-dimensional subject.

Date

2020

Pages

47-62

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