Ernest Hemingway: A Literary Life
Literary biography tracing Hemingway’s development as a professional writer. Describes and interprets the author’s unfolding life history from Oak Park to Ketchum, focusing on those influential relationships with family and friends, especially wives and “significant others,” that helped shape his life and writing. Contends that Hemingway’s need to write was rivaled by his need for romantic love. Includes information on Hemingway’s publishing career, critical reputation, and the changing social context of the twentieth century.