Ernest Hemingway on Writing

Ernest Hemingway on Writing

Book - 1984
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Ernest Hemingway's astonishing influence on American fiction has long been recognized by literary critics and casual readers alike. His unique style, as well as the themes he developed and the characters he created, have been studied, analyzed, and imitated by countless writers. Throughout his life, Hemingway maintained that it was bad luck to talk or write about his art; nonetheless, his thoughts about the nature of writing and the writer's life are preserved in his novels and stories; letters to editors, friends, fellow writers, and critics; and in interviews and commissioned articles.Larry W. Phillips has skillfully and meticulously uncovered Hemingway's insights to create this extraordinary book. Featuring specific information on the craft of writing, work habits, and discipline -- and imbued with Hemingway's wit, wisdom, and humor, and insistence on the integrity of the writer and of the profession itself -- Ernest Hemingway on Writing offers essential advice from the author whose writing has had an astounding impact on contemporary American fiction.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1984
ISBN: 9780684181196
Characteristics: xiii, 140 p. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Phillips, Larry W.


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Jan 08, 2017

ERNEST HEMINGWAY ON WRITING is a short, easy-breezy kind of read, but it's not very substantial either. Considering the level of privacy the man tried to maintain, I highly doubt he would have liked his personal letters amassed and scoured for traces of advice, whether decent tips were among them or not. That irks me a little bit, regardless of what the preface tries to say to the contrary. Still, I read it rather quickly, but not much was to be gained. As a reader and a writer, the working habits section is full of the best guidelines on how to get that story down on paper, but for the most part, the other sections dwell too long on his thoughts regarding other people, other people's work, other people's politics, and how much he doesn't think much about other people. It is all rather tepid at best and, unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend it.


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