Ernest Hemingway is one of the crucial figures in 20th-century literature: controversial, epoch-making, often imitated, never equaled. His short stories defined the genre; the novels of his artistic maturity became part of the canon, won the Nobel Prize, and formed the basis of classic Hollywood films. But Hemingway, Amanda Vaill argues, did his purest and best work — the story collection In Our Time — during his youth in an interwar Paris seething with arch-modernist talent.
In the autumn of 1922, Ernest Hemingway was the golden boy of expat Paris, “the kind of man” — said his wife Hadley — “to whom men, women, children, and dogs were attracted.” Tall, lean, matinee-idol handsome, with a shock of dark hair …
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Amanda Vaill’s books include Everybody Was So Young, a biography of the Lost Generation icons Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War.