Ernest Hemingway on Writing

By Ernest Hemingway; Larry W. Phillips (Editor)
(Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780684854298, 160pp.)

Publication Date: July 1999

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Description
An assemblage of reflections on the nature of writing and the writer from one the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.
Throughout Hemingway's career as a writer, he maintained that it was bad luck to talk about writing--that it takes off "whatever butterflies have on their wings and the arrangement of hawk's feathers if you show it or talk about it."
Despite this belief, by the end of his life he had done just what he intended not to do. In his novels and stories, in letters to editors, friends, fellow artists, and critics, in interviews and in commissioned articles on the subject, Hemingway wrote often about writing. And he wrote as well and as incisively about the subject as any writer who ever lived...
This book contains Hemingway's reflections on the nature of the writer and on elements of the writer's life, including specific and helpful advice to writers on the craft of writing, work habits, and discipline. The Hemingway personality comes through in general wisdom, wit, humor, and insight, and in his insistence on the integrity of the writer and of the profession itself.
--From the Preface by Larry W. Phillips.



About the Author
Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of "The Sun Also Rises" and "A Farewell to Arms" immediately established Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. His classic novella "The Old Man and the Sea "won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.

Larry W. Phillips is a lifelong resident of Monroe, Wisconsin. He is the author of numerous books, including "Ernest Hemingway On Writing" and "Zen and the Art of Poker." He is married to Pam, and they have a daughter, Mary, son-in-law Mike, and two grandsons, Mandius and Marek.
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