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Great Lives Lecture Series: Hemingway

Great Lives Lecture Series: Hemingway

The University of Mary Washington's 2013 Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series continues on April 11 with a lecture on Ernest Hemingway by Paul Hendrickson, author of Hemingway's Boat.

"Ernest Hemingway was one of the most captivating personalities of the 20th century, not only because of his extraordinary literary achievements, but because of his headline-catching behavior.  Hemingway served as an ambulance driver in World War I, and lived afterward for a time among the expatriate community in Paris; later he maintained residences in Key West and Cuba, before moving to Idaho, where in 1961 he committed suicide.  Few modern writers have been so extensively examined by scholars, memoirists, biographers, and doctoral students, yet his most recent biographer, Paul Hendrickson, believes there is more to be learned about this complex figure. “There is just something about Hemingway himself,” he says, “that — for all the boorishness and alcoholism and depression — makes people sense there is and was a good person there, capable of all that word magic.”  Professor Hendrickson’s talk will focus on those themes."

Find out more about this lecture on the University of Mary Washington's web site.

All lectures in the university's Great Lives series are held at 7:30pm, in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, and are free and open to the public.

For more on this topic, check out these items from the library:

Along With Youth: Hemingway the Early Years by Peter Griffin
Hemingway’s life prior to his departure for Paris.

Ernest Hemingway edited by Harold Bloom (book and eBook)
Criticism and interpretation of Hemingway’s works.

Ernest Hemingway:  Selected Letters, 1917-1961 edited by Carlos Baker
[N]early six hundred letters...both a self-portrait and an autobiography. In his own words, Hemingway candidly reveals himself to a wide variety of people: family, friends, enemies, editors, translators, and almost all the prominent writers of his day. In so doing he proves to be one of the most entertaining letter writers of all time.  (

Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling with Life directed by Steve Crisman (DVD)
A documentary narrated by Mariel Hemingway.

Hemingway by Kenneth S. Lynn
This revealing study explores the tragedies that affected Hemingway’s works.

Hemingway:  A Life Without Consequences by James R. Mellow
[A]ward-winning author James R. Mellow offers a thorough reassessment of a man who was both a literary giant and an icon for his age.  (

Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961 by Paul Hendrickson
From National Book Critics Circle Award winner paul Hendrickson, a brilliantly conceived and illuminating reconsideration of a key period in the life of Ernest Hemingway that will forever change the way he is perceived and understood.  (

A Historical Guide to Ernest Hemingway edited by Linda Wagner-Martin (eBook)
Offers criticism and interpretation of Hemingway’s work and a brief biography.

Strange Tribe:  A Family Memoir by John Hemingway
Shows how the persona of Ernest Hemingway, the most important literary icon of the past 100 years, continues to loom darkly over the often-troubled lives of his descendants.  (catalog summary)

Many of the works of Ernest Hemingway are available at the library.

Film adaptations at the library include:  A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, and To Have and Have Not

Audiobooks at the library include: Big Two-Hearted River, Death in the Afternoon, A Moveable Feast, The Sun Also Rises, and True at First Light

Biographical essays and literary criticism are available online through the library’s databases.  Visit