Hemingway in Love: His Own Story: A Memoir by A. E. Hotchner (Paperback)

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In June of 1961, A. E. Hotchner visited a close friend in the psychiatric ward of St. Mary's Hospital. It would be the last time they spoke--three weeks later, Ernest Hemingway returned home, where he took his own life. Their final conversation was also the final installment in a saga that Hemingway had unraveled for Hotchner over years of world travel.

Ernest always kept a few of his special experiences off the page, storing them as insurance against a dry-up of ideas. But after a near miss with death, he entrusted his most meaningful tale to Hotchner, so that if he never got to write it himself, then at least someone would know. In characteristically pragmatic terms, Hemingway divulged the details of the affair that destroyed his first marriage: the truth of his romantic life in Paris and how he gambled and lost Hadley, the great love he'd spend the rest of his life seeking.

But the search was not without its notable moments, and he told of those, too: of impotence cured in a house of God; of back-to-back plane crashes in the African bush, one of which nearly killed him, while he emerged from the other brandishing a bottle of gin and a bunch of bananas; of cocktails and commiseration with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Josephine Baker; of adventure, human error, and life after lost love. This is Hemingway as few have known him--humble, thoughtful, and full of regret.

To protect the feelings of Ernest's wife, Mary, who was also a close friend, Hotch kept these conversations to himself for decades. Now he tells the story as Hemingway told it to him. Hemingway in Love puts you in the room with the master and invites you to listen as he relives the drama of those young, definitive years that set the course for the rest of his life and dogged him to the end of his days.

About the Author

A. E. Hotchner is a lifelong writer and the author of seventeen books, among them Papa Hemingway, a critically acclaimed 1966 memoir of his thirteen-year friendship with Ernest Hemingway. Hotchner's The Man Who Lived at the Ritz and Looking for Miracles were adapted into TV films, and his memoir King of the Hill into a film by Steven Soderbergh. In addition to his writing career, Hotchner is cofounder with Paul Newman of Newman's Own foods and the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and his indispensable parrot, Ernie.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250078964
ISBN-10: 1250078962
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Pages: 192
Language: English