Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year That Launched an American Legend

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About the Author

Steve Paul is an award-winning writer and editor who worked at the Kansas City Star for more than 40 years, including stints as book critic, arts editor, restaurant critic, and--before his retirement in early 2016--editorial page editor. He is a former board member of the National Book Critics Circle and the author (and photographer) of Architecture A to Z, the editor of Kansas City Noir, and coeditor of War + Ink: New Perspectives on Ernest Hemingway's Early Life and Writings.


"Do we need another Hemingway biography? Absolutely, if it's as intelligent, insightful, and big hearted as Hemingway at Eighteen. This is a Hemingway few of us know--dazzlingly talented but still young, pulsing with ambition, and searching for his place in the literary world. Steve Paul has given us the origins of a legend." --Candice Millard, author of The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
"In Hemingway at Eighteen, Steve Paul has given us an engaging and insightful work that shines a light on that crucial year in Hemingway's life, when he first tasted the world raw and the foundation of the famous prose style was laid at the Kansas City Star." --Daniel Woodrell, author of The Maid's Version and Winter's Bone
"A delightful book, about a boy becoming a man, and a newspaper hack becoming one of our finest writers. Steve Paul's biography will surprise even those who thought there was nothing new to know about Ernest Hemingway." --Rick Atkinson, author of An Army at Dawn
"Steve Paul, a master hand at the venerable newspaper where the young cub Ernest Hemingway got his start, here gives us a lively and fascinating account of a formative year in the life of a great writer." --Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb
"A remarkably fine, absolutely illuminating book." --Scott Donaldson, author of Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald: The Rise and Fall of a Literary Friendship
"Paul, a veteran of the Kansas City Star's editorial staff, provides generous insight into the paper and the city, and his expert interest in Hemingway parallels his fond appreciation for the newsroom's "clack of typing mills and the smoke of countless cigars." --Booklist
"[A] clear, concise, sympathetic account of a gifted young man discovering who he is-and what he can do." --Kirkus Reviews

"Beginnings are important in literature and life. Steve Paul, one of the Kansas City Star's own, has given us a thoughtful and lively account of a seminal year for Ernest Hemingway." --Seán Hemingway, editor of The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Hemingway Library Edition