A Writer's Life
By Catherine Reef
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618987054, 183pp.)
Publication Date: July 2009
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An introduction to the life and work of one of the most significant and notorious American writers of the 20th century.
Ernest Hemingway's literary status alone makes him worthy of a biography. In addition, his life reads like a suspense storyit's full of action, romance, heartbreak, machismo, mishaps, celebrity, and tragedy. He had first-hand experience of several historic events of the last century, and he rubbed elbows with many other notable writers and intellectual greats of our time. Though his reputation has weathered ups and downs, his status as an American icon remains untouchable. Here, in the only biography available to young people, Catherine Reef introduces readers to Hemingway's work, with a focus on his themes and writing styles and his place in the history of American fiction, and examines writers who influenced him and those he later influenced.
“[A] perceptive, captivating biography of one of the twentieth century’s most influential writers. . . . Teens jaded by too much classroom analysis of The Old Man and the Sea and Hemingway’s short stories will come away from Reef’s thorough, skillfully constructed biography with fresh interest in and appreciation for this American legend.”—Booklist, STARRED review“Reef creates a memorable portrait of the writer and his times, and even readers too young for most of Hemingway’s oeuvre will enjoy armchair traveling to the bullfights in Spain. . . . Along the way, they will gain a sense of the writer and his times and will even pick up some writing tips, including Hemingway’s insistence on simple, declarative sentences. The volume is attractively designed with well-chosen photographs, captions that add personality to the text, solid documentation and judicious use of quotations.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This engaging and detailed biography will be valued for its accessible style and honest portrayal of one of America's icons. Reef's account of Hemingway's life is riveting and unglamorized.”—School Library Journal“An accessible and entertaining look at an American icon.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books