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Ernest Hemingway: A Biography
by Mary Dearborn
752 pages
Knopf
Release Date: May 16, 2017

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Mary Dearborn, the well-known author of biographies of Normal Mailer and Henry Miller, recently published what is claimed to be the first full-scale biography of Ernest Hemingway in nearly two decades. Carlos Baker’s biography of Hemingway (published in 1969) is widely-viewed as the “gold standard”; how Dearborn’s will measure up remains to be seen…

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From the publisher:

The first full biography of Ernest Hemingway in more than fifteen years; the first to draw upon a wide array of never-before-used material; the first written by a woman, from the widely acclaimed biographer of Norman Mailer, Peggy Guggenheim, Henry Miller, and Louise Bryant.

A revelatory look into the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, considered in his time to be the greatest living American novelist and short-story writer, winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Mary Dearborn’s new biography gives the richest and most nuanced portrait to date of this complex, enigmatically unique American artist, whose same uncontrollable demons that inspired and drove him throughout his life undid him at the end, and whose seven novels and six-short story collections informed–and are still informing–fiction writing generations after his death.”

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