Friday, July 2, 2010

Hemingway was in a class by himself

I read in this morning’s Mobile Press-Register that it was on this day in 1961 that author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.
There is no doubt that Hemingway was one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century, and, all told, he wrote 10 novels, three of which were published after his death.
Hemingway’s novels include, in order of publication:
- The Torrents of Spring (1926)
- The Sun Also Rises (1926)
- A Farewell to Arms (1929)
- To Have and Have Not (1937)
- For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
- Across the River and Into the Trees (1950)
- The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
- Islands in the Stream (1970)
- The Garden of Eden (1986)
- True at First Light (1999)
Ten nonfiction books are attributed to Hemingway, and all but two of them were published after his death. They include:
- Death in the Afternoon (1932)
- Green Hills of Africa (1935)
- Hemingway: The Wild Years (1962)
- A Moveable Feast (1964)
- By-Line: Ernest Hemingway (1967)
- Ernest Hemingway: Cub Reporter (1970)
- Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters, 1917-1961 (1981)
- The Dangerous Summer (1985)
- Dateline: Toronto (1985)
- Under Kilimanjaro (2005)
Hemingway’s short stories and other works are contained in a number of collections. Most notable of these is “The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway,” which was published by Scribner in 1987 and contains 49 of Hemingway’s stories plus a number of other works.
In the end, I’d like to know if you’ve read any of these books. What did you think about those that you’ve read? Which would you recommend? Let us know in the comments section below.

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