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The Letters of Ernest Hemingway

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway

Volume 3. 1926–1929


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Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway

Sandra Spanier, Rena Sanderson
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  • Date Published: December 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521897358

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  • The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, Volume 3: 1926–1929, featuring many previously unpublished letters, follows a rising star as he emerges from the literary Left Bank of Paris and moves into the American mainstream. Maxwell Perkins, legendary editor at Scribner's, nurtured the young Hemingway's talent, accepting his satirical novel Torrents of Spring (1926) in order to publish what would become a signature work of the twentieth century: The Sun Also Rises (1926). By early 1929 Hemingway had completed A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway's letters of this period also reflect landmark events in his personal life, including the dissolution of his first marriage, his remarriage, the birth of his second son, and the suicide of his father. As the volume ends in April 1929, Hemingway is setting off from Key West to return to Paris and standing on the cusp of celebrity as one of the major writers of his time.

    • The first authorised edition of Ernest Hemingway's complete letters, including much previously unpublished material
    • This volume covers key professional and personal events: the publication of The Sun Also Rises, one of the signature works of the twentieth century, and the break-up of his first marriage and its aftermath
    • The letters are accompanied by notes, a detailed introduction, chronologies, illustrations, maps and indexes
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    • Honourable Mention, 2016 PROSE Award for Literature

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Reading Hemingway's letters is to go back in time by stepping into the fascinating world of a revolutionary wordsmith; a voyage through decades to the very moments when literature was taking a sudden bend in the road; a shift that was being steered by the father of modern literature. Indeed, the value of these letters cannot be overstated.' Nick Mafi, Esquire

    'Scholars will be deeply absorbed; general readers will find enjoyment and enlightenment.' Steve Paul, Booklist

    'Away from the chisel work of his early fiction … the letters show Hemingway at play in figurative language, humour, meandering sentences and desultory subjects.' Naomi Wood, Literary Review

    'What's most enjoyable is how lacking in self-consciousness Papa could be; he didn't yet realise people would be keeping his bits of paper. Or he simply didn't care, so one sees the brilliance and offensiveness all at once.' The Tablet

    '…meticulously edited.' Nicolaus Mills, The Daily Beast

    'Volume Three's letters are an invaluable record of Hemingway as a professional author. There is less on his aesthetic than in earlier correspondence - Hemingway is more confident now in his art. But his writing methods are covered in detail.' James McNamara, Australian Book Review

    '… an astonishing scholarly achievement.' Phillip Lopate, The Times Literary Supplement

    'Scholars of Hemingway will no doubt value the completeness of the work. This volume is painstakingly yet unobtrusively annotated.' Byron Landry, The Hopkins Review

    'The quality of the ancillary details on each page is (in my experience) unmatched by other letters- compilations of famous writers - a testament to the passion, skill, and dedication of the editorial team. The collection is a great achievement and a superb resource for scholars of Hemingway's work and American literatures more generally.' The Hemingway Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521897358
    • length: 731 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 164 x 48 mm
    • weight: 1.32kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 7 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    General editor's preface Sandra Spanier
    Note on the text
    Abbreviations and short titles
    Introduction to the volume Rena Sanderson
    The letters, 1926–1929
    Roster of correspondents
    Calendar of letters
    Index of recipients
    General index.

  • Author

    Ernest Hemingway


    Rena Sanderson, Boise State University, Idaho
    Rena Sanderson is Associate Professor Emerita of English at Boise State University. She served on the board of the Hemingway Society and Foundation and directed two Hemingway Conferences. Her works on Hemingway include Blowing the Bridge: Essays on Hemingway and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1992), Hemingway's Italy: New Perspectives (2006), and essays in The Cambridge Companion to Hemingway (1996) and in Hemingway and Women: Female Critics and the Female Voice (2002).

    Sandra Spanier, Pennsylvania State University
    Sandra Spanier, Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, is General Editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway and is co-editor of its first two volumes. Some of her publications include Kay Boyle: A Twentieth-Century Life in Letters (2015) 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 (2013), and she serves on the editorial board of The Hemingway Review.

    Robert W. Trogdon, Kent State University, Ohio
    Robert W. Trogdon is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Kent State University. He is co-editor for Volumes 1 and 2 of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway. He is author of The Lousy Racket: Hemingway, Scribners and the Business of Literature (2007) and editor of Ernest Hemingway: A Literary Reference (2002). He has served as a member of the board of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society.


    Sandra Spanier, Rena Sanderson


    • Honourable Mention, 2016 PROSE Award for Literature

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