A Sea of Change: Ernest Hemingway and the Gulf Stream, A Contextual Biography
Literary biography drawing on Hemingway’s fishing logs, correspondence (published and unpublished), and newspaper articles to reconstruct the author’s complex relationship with the Gulf Stream and its influence on his writing. Ott traces Hemingway’s stylistic and philosophic transformation from Cézanne-inspired abstraction of the 1920s to the realism of the 1950s, contending that a close reading of the fishing logs reveals both Hemingway’s growing understanding of the natural world and evolution as a writer. Focuses on A Farewell to Arms, To Have and Have Not, and The Old Man and the Sea. Includes a chronology of Hemingway’s time spent in the Gulf Stream and a list of books from Hemingway’s library that may have influenced the composition of To Have and Have Not and The Old Man and the Sea.