Ernest Hemingway & Gary Cooper in Idaho: An Enduring Friendship
Biography beginning with their initial 1940 meeting in Sun Valley and ending with their deaths in 1961. Opens by recounting Hemingway’s time fishing and working on For Whom the Bell Tolls in Idaho the year prior to their acquaintance and then moves into an account of their time together hunting, fishing, and hiking. Charts the author’s literary productivity (e.g. Across the River and into the Trees and The Old Man and the Sea) alongside Cooper’s film output, validating their status as American cultural icons. Morris’s closing chapter details the final years of those closest to Hemingway and Cooper, including wives, lovers, and Idaho friends such as Lloyd and Tillie Arnold. Draws on biographies, correspondence, and local newspaper articles. Features over fifty black-and-white photographs, map, and index.