The Man Who Wasn’t There: A Life of Ernest Hemingway
Revisionist biography aimed at exposing the narcissistic and egomaniacal man behind the author’s public persona. Bradford draws largely on unpublished correspondence to support his thesis that Hemingway’s mendacious nature and inability to differentiate reality from fantasy were well rooted by adolescence and out of control by the end of his life. Dismisses Hemingway’s modernist aesthetic, characterizing his fiction as a “perversely autobiographical” blend of falsehoods and self-delusions. Includes more than a dozen black-and-white photographs, bibliography, and index.