70 Days With Hemingway And Me

Every Novel, Back to Back, Starting With the First

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From the entry on Wikipedia:

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 — July 2, 1961) was an American writer and journalist. He was part of the 1920s expatriate community in Paris, and one of the veterans of World War I later known as “the Lost Generation.” He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for The Old Man and the Sea, and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

Hemingway’s distinctive writing style is characterized by economy and understatement, and had a significant influence on the development of twentieth-century writing. His protagonists are typically stoical men who exhibit an ideal described as “grace under pressure.” Many of his works are now considered classics of American literature.

Of course, everybody knows that, right?

Although Hemingway was a prolific writer (Easton Press published a Complete Works leather-bound edition comprised of 20 volumes), this site will focus exclusively on his 10 novels, three of which were published posthumously:

  • (1926) The Torrents of Spring: (June 10-16)
  • (1926) The Sun Also Rises: (June 17-23)
  • (1929) A Farewell to Arms: (June 24-30)
  • (1937) To Have and Have Not: (July 1-7)
  • (1940) For Whom the Bell Tolls: (July 8-14)
  • (1950) Across the River and Into the Trees: (July 15-21)
  • (1952) The Old Man and the Sea: (July 22-28)
  • (1970) Islands in the Stream: (July 29-August 4)
  • (1986) The Garden of Eden: (August 5-11)
  • (1999) True at First Light: (August 12-18)

  • What I intend to do is read each novel (the dates for my reading are in parentheses above), comment on its content and style, explore intriguing aspects of it (including Hemingway’s life, the period of history in which the book was written, places or things mentioned in the book, etc.), and keep a running journal of my experience.

    What’s the point?

    The point is to immerse myself in the works of one of the greatest writers of all time. In so doing, I’ll get to know Ernest Hemingway — and maybe even myself — better.

    If you’d like to contact me — and I have no idea why you’d want to — you can do so using this e-mail address:

    bill (at) 70dayswithhemingwayandme (dot) com

    Obviously, replace the (at) with @ and (dot) with . and you’re good to go.

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    • Wolfgang

      this is a wonderful idea and a grat website. I like it a lot.
      My aproach to EH is similar. Beginning in mid 80s I’m visiting Hemingways Places (found the captain of his boat Pilar in Cuba..). I will conclude in in the year 2030.
      I you want have a look at http://www.stockpunkt.com, Ernest Hemingway.
      Unfortunately it’s in German (but it’s easy to read :-))

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