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The Letters of Ernest Hemingway: Volume 1, 1907-1922 (The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway)

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The Letters of Ernest Hemingway: Volume 1, 1907-1922: Volume 1 Hemingway's letters, most previously unpublished, allow an unprecedented insight into his mind and a vivid record of his turbulent life. Full description
Hardcover, 431 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Cambridge University Press
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Dan
Letter by letter, autobiography that’s intimate and unguarded
To me, it makes sense that when you get together with friends, have drinks no one should be allowed to talk about religion, politics, current medical ailment or Ernest Hemingway. That way you'll continue to enjoy each other's company.

Talking about Hemingway whether it's a new biography, a revisionist "Memorable Feast" or his portrayal on the screen is like lighting a fuse. It easily sparks an explosion, usually (sorry for the generaliz...more
CD

"16 July 1918
'Wounded in legs by trench mortar: not serious; will receive valor medal; will walk in about ten days'. " Cable/telegram from Hemingway.



The famous brevity of words of Hemingway illustrated succinctly regarding having been injured at the front and then physically carrying a wounded soldier some distance before collapsing himself.

This collection of letters of E.H. is the early Hemingway. The child, the prankster, the chummy, slangy, rambunctious youth just as he neared the height of...more
Kc
I found this book very interesting. It shows an Ernest Hemingway who as a young man is a devoted family member, outgoing, easy going and full of life. It takes you to 1922 when he is 23 years old, married for the first time and back in Europe where he loves to be. As the letters - extremely creative from the beginning - take you through his war years, and his years working on newspapers you begin to see the Hemingway legend forming. His disgust at the fame he had coming home from a war in which...more
Terri
I got this book because I recently read "The Paris Wife," and after reading a biography, I like to delve in and see where reality lies in the biography. Original source letters was a great way to do that, so this Letters of Ernest Hemingway: Volume 1, 1907- 1922 was fascinating.

This compilation is a critical volume because it details through Hemingway's own words, his serious injuries during World War I. His letters from the American Red Cross Hospital in Milan on August 18, 1918 are at times jo...more
Sara
I'm obviously pretty biased. But I thought it was really well put together and found it interesting to chart Hemingway's life through letters as he experienced different things.
Barbara Kling
I have several collections of letters, most significant among the Carlos Baker's edited collection. This first volume of a proposed 6 volumes was great! While most of the letters I had read in some form or another, the introduction and extensive notes do what the editors set out to do in this volume, demonstrate how Hemingway's childhood helped to create the man he would become. The incredible research of succinct notes and fun details, really bring the young man to life!

A must read for fans or...more
Jay
I really hadn’t intended to read the entire volume. I bought it on a whim at Barnes and Noble’s ½ price table during the post-Christmas sale. Always hard to resist a bargain. I had been re-reading some of Hemingway’s classic works and the idea of his letters in my library seemed, apart the bargain price, a good idea. Probably a hang-over from my days in academia. But I found the letters like peanuts: it was difficult to read just one. 264 letters later and I was at the end of the volume, footnot...more
Alex
This collection of Hemingway's letters before he fully became a writer provide great insight into the making of a literary master, from his voice as a narrator of events to his technique of writing down every detail first and then editing out the obvious. The letters also reveal a side of Hemingway that had been ignored before: that of a sensitive and caring son and brother, even if already with a devil-may-care attitude about life and love. In the end, there's no better way to understand a writ...more
Eric
This compilation of letters. which have survived the passage of time, is of primary interest to a student of Hemingway. I can find no other reason to read this compilation. Beyond explaining (providing some perspective would be more accurate) to some degree on the growth of Hemingway from a young boy to a young man, a read of this compilation is only of interest to a Hemingway fanatic. I recommend it to no one else.
Robert Bartram
wonderful book. full I
of letters written by a young man who later became one of America's greatest authors
Meghan
While I read a good bit of this book, I did a lot of skimming, too. It's such a bummer that Hadley burned all the letters Ernest sent to her, because those are the ones I'd be most interested in reading. Such fun to read the notes he was writing as just a little one, though.
Andrew
interesting insight into hemingway's early career serving for the ambulance corps in italy and then as a journalist. slow reading, reads much like a text book with lots of notes and explanations of things e.h. references in the letters, which is helpful but clumsy at times.
Jenn Chalifoux
The boyhood letters were nothing short of adorable, and as correspondence progresses one can really start to see Hemingway's style even in the informal writings. I loved the letters during wartime, too--but shortly after that, around 1919 or so, they grew tedious.
False Millennium
I've never been a fan of Ernest Hemingway, but of late, I've been reading more about him. He says he never wrote for posterity. I disagreed. I would say he was writing for posterity from the time he was a child.
Tony
Oct 20, 2012 Tony added it
If you enjoy the genre of collected letters, this classic collection cannot be surpassed. The life of Hemingway as heard in his own voice provides a rare insight into literary genius.
Sarah
Stuffy and academic intros. Loved the adult Hem's voice. Skimmed and wolfed it like one should a hot dog, quickly and without scrutiny, and enjoyed it immensely.
Elizabeth
I haven't touched this in more than a year, despite really enjoying what I read. Hemingway is particularly charming as a small child.
Rob
"Papa" sure was a mass of contridictions, like all humans.
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Oct 05, 2011 Gary marked it as to-read
I bought a copy of this....not read it yet.
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Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collec...more
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