A loving homage to one of America's greatest writers.
July 2, 2011, marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic death of Ernest Hemingway. The year will also see the release of two documentaries about the famed writer.
In this first-ever tribute to her grandfather, Mariel opens the family album to reveal all aspects of the man. More than 350 carefully selected photographs show a childhood filled with harbingers of the future -- the five-year-old fishing, the 16-year-old writing, the wounded soldier, the young groom -- and an adult life of success and failure -- journalist, serial husband, prize-winning author, big-game hunter, "Papa" Hemingway, foul-mouthed drinker, self-idealized hero.
A compelling 40,000-word narrative gives chronological details and adds fascinating context to the photos. What influenced Hemingway's writing? Who were the important figures in his life? Why was he compelled to write? Was he as confident as he presented himself to be?
Hemingway: A Life in Pictures surveys the touchstones of a celebrated life to reveal the character, dreams and disappointments of one of America's greatest writers.
Mariel Hemingway is an author and actress best known for her role in Woody Allen's 1979 film Manhattan. She grew up in Ketchum, Idaho, where her paternal grandfather spent a great deal of time as a sportsman and writer and where he is buried.
Boris Vejdovsky is an associate professor at the University of Lausanne, where he teaches courses in American literature and culture. He has been a member of the Hemingway Society since 2004 and organized a July 2010 international conference about the figure of "Papa Hemingway," which gathered 250 writers and enthusiasts.