The Letters of Ernest Hemingway: Volume 2, 1923-1925


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Cambridge University Press
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About the Author

Ernest Hemingway did more to change 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 novel The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. His life and accomplishments are explored in-depth in the PBS documentary film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Hemingway. Known for his larger-than-life personality and his passions for bullfighting, fishing, and big-game hunting, he died in Ketchum, Idaho on July 2, 1961.
Robert W. Trogdon is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Kent State University. He is co-editor, with Sandra Spanier, of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, Volume 1. He is the author of The Lousy Racket: Hemingway, Scribners and the Business of Literature (2007) and editor of Ernest Hemingway: A Literary Reference (2002). He is a member of the board of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society.
Sandra Spanier, Professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University, is General Editor of The Cambridge Edition of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway and co-editor of its first volume. Some of her publications include Kay Boyle: Artist and Activist (1986) and Martha Gellhorn and Virginia Cowles' rediscovered play Love Goes to Press (1995, revised edition 2010). Her most recent essay on Hemingway appeared in Ernest Hemingway in Context (2012), and she serves on the editorial board of The Hemingway Review.
Albert J. DeFazio III, Term Professor at George Mason University, is author of Literary Masterpieces: The Sun Also Rises (2000), editor of Dear Papa ... Dear Hotch: The Ernest Hemingway/A. E. Hotchner Correspondence (2005), and Associate Editor of Volume 1 of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway. He has contributed bibliographies in The Hemingway Review, served on its editorial board, and edits The Hemingway Newsletter.


"Never is Hemingway more fascinating or in flux than in these letters from his Paris years, that dark and dazzling confluence of literary ascendancy and personal maelstrom. Bravo to Sandra Spanier for giving us this dazzling gem of literary scholarship, and the young Hemingway in his own words - unvarnished, wickedly funny, mercilessly human."
Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
"This expertly edited and annotated volume will be devoured by fans eager to learn how the literary titan came into his own."
Publishers Weekly
"Hemingway did not want his letters published, but this carefully researched scholarly edition does them justice ... devotees will find this and future volumes indispensable."
Library Journal
"This second volume of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway documents the years in which he became himself ... His style is at once close to and yet unutterably distant from that of his fiction."
The New York Times
"Bawdy, humorous, linguistically playful."
Literary Review
"The volume's 242 letters, about two-thirds previously unpublished, provide as complete an account of Hemingway's life during the Paris years as one could ask for."
Star Tribune
"Roughly written as they are these letters show occasional flashes of true Hemingway ... It is fascinating to watch the private rehearsals of what would be public performances."
The Daily Telegraph
"For those with a passion for American literary history and an interest in the machinery of fame, these letters, ably and helpfully annotated by a team of scholars led by Sandra Spanier of Penn State University, provide an abundance of raw material and a few hours' worth of scintillating reading."
The Kansas City Star
"The volume itself is beautifully designed and skillfully edited ... As a book, it is perfect."
Los Angeles Review of Books
"With more than 6,000 letters accounted for so far, the project to publish Ernest Hemingway's correspondence may yet reveal the fullest picture of the twentieth-century icon that we've ever had. The second volume includes merely 242 letters, a majority published for the first time ... readers can watch Hemingway invent the foundation of his legacy in bullrings, bars, and his writing solitude."
"Warmly unpretentious and frequently playful."
The Spectator
"Most enjoyable ..."
The Tablet
"Amusing, moving and perceptive ... this essential volume, beautifully presented and annotated with tremendous care and extraordinary attention to detail, offers readers a Hemingway who is both familiar and new."
The Times Literary Supplement
"Two thirds of these have never seen the light of day before. A great continuing literary project."
Buffalo News
"The register in which Hemingway writes varies greatly, ranging from telegraphic ... excited communications with intimates to formal, correct letters to those with whom he has mainly business - literary or financial - relations. All the magnificent apparatus of the first volume ...Summing up: essential."