DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — More Hemingway

I renewed my membership in the Hemingway Society the other day and jotted down the location and dates of its next international meeting — in Paris in 2018.

I may not get there, but I WILL continue to buy new books about Ernest Hemingway and his art.

You’d never guess he’s been dead for more than half a century.

Unlike the case with his contemporaries — among them Sinclair Lewis, William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald -— huge numbers of readers still buy his books, and every year experts write new biographical and analytical works about him.

I own many of them and continue to acquire new ones. So far in 2017, four:

  • “Hemingway, Style, and the Art of Emotion” by David Wyatt.
  • “Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park,” by Robert K. Elder, Aaron Vetch, and Mark Cirono.
  • “Hemingway’s Brain” by Andrew Farah. It arrived this week after being back ordered for several months. Of it prominent Hemingway authority Scott Donaldson said: “The book is first rate and should establish once and for all the persuasive medical intelligence on the much-debated subject of what destroyed Ernest Hemingway.”
  • “Writer, Sailor, Soldier Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961” by Nicholas Reynolds, ordered from Amazon today. I’m a tad dubious about this one, but it’s getting good reviews.

I wish my University of North Dakota friend and mentor, the late Dr. Robert Lewis, 1930-2013, a founder of the Hemingway Society, was still here to discuss them with me.

One thought on “DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — More Hemingway”

  • Larry Gauper April 25, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Excellent compilation of books about Hemingway. I have a number of volumes too on “Papa,” varies a bit from your list. There so many, which is good. That new one, “Hemingway’s Brain,” sounds very interesting and checked for a Kindle edition. There is such, however the publisher wants $19.95 for a 196 page Kindle book. Highway robbery! However, Jack Benny here may have to pay it. At least I’ll watch for a price drop. As you point out, it’s very new. That Hemingway festival in Paris sounds fantastic. Thanks for another informative and inspiring piece, Dave.


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