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Byline: Ernest Hemingway: Selected Articles

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Four decades of Hemingway's journalism and reportage from Europe and the Far East.
Published by Scribner's (first published 1967)
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αν δεν σας αρέσει το ψάρεμα, το κυνήγι, η ταυρομαχία, η απόβαση στις ακτές της νορμανδίας - ο έρνεστ με λίγα λόγια - δεν γίνεται να μη σας αρέσει ο έρνεστ!
Simon Kearney
Mar 04, 2014 Simon Kearney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this anthology. I wasn't going to read it again, one or two, but I couldn't stop.
Hemingway's journalism informed many of his fictional stories and they are damned good pieces of writing. I read it with a mixture of admiration and jealousy. The second has stayed in my mind from the first reading, it's about free things and Hemingway gets a free shave from the beginners at the barber's academy in Toronto. Then he gets a tooth pulled at the dentistry school, which is something I did when I
Diane Drake
Jun 01, 2016 Diane Drake rated it it was amazing
I’m a huge Ernest Hemingway fan. Okay, sure, there’s the philandering and the alcoholism, the excessive machismo and wild animal slaughter (special condolences to the bulls of Spain, the elephants of Africa and the marlins in the Gulf Stream. Though, on balance, he did seem to quite adore his kitty cats.) Regardless, then there is the writing, and that’s the only reason we care about any of the rest of it.

So I was excited when, years ago, I happened across this collection of articles he wrote wh
Wilson Trivino
Oct 30, 2014 Wilson Trivino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ernest Hemingway penned some of the best known works in literature. This story captures a voice of his time. However before he was able to put these masterpieces down on paper, he had to horn his craft. In By-Line: Ernest Hemingway: Selected Articles and Dispatches of Four Decades Edited by William White, the reader is able to peak into Hemingway’s daily work before he put together a large comprehensive work.
These stories read like blog post and are observational, intuitive, and captures a flav
Nov 22, 2012 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short non-fiction prose gems many from 1920's Europe on socio-political-economic observation of post WW I culture; the best on fly-fishing, bull-fighting, food, and money.
Hemingway's writing can at times feel a little tense; a little self-conscious, what with him trying to write "the truest sentence" that he knows. So in this regard his articles and dispatches from the 20's to the 50's are refreshingly relaxed in tone. Sure, his sentences still bear his hallmark succinctness allowing him to recount details with clarity but without feeling "strained."

I was primarily interested in his writing on the civil war in Spain and his coverage of the second world war, which
Dane Cobain
Oct 12, 2015 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let’s face it, we all know that Ernest Hemingway is a phenomenal writer, but this book here is what proves it. See, he started work as a journalist nearly 100 years ago, and the first piece of work in this collection is dated March 1920, a piece on a free shave by an apprentice barber in Toronto. It was journalism which paved the way for Hemingway’s literary career, and this book collects together 75 articles written over the course of 35 years.

As you can imagine, it’s a fascinating read, and no
Theresa Glover
This was another literature class read, but one worth of at least a few comments about it. I expected to incur eye-rolling headaches, or perhaps attacks of mid-homework ninja sleep that tend to accompany dry writing/reading. Instead, what I found was a deeper appreciation of Ernest Hemingway's skills, and a deep sadness in the changes to journalism. While there were some passages that took effort to get through (usually related to the subject matter at hand), I was pleased to discover that I enj ...more
Barnaby Thieme
Feb 10, 2009 Barnaby Thieme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
This is an outstanding selection of Hemingway's professional newspaper and magazine articles. Many of them deal with culture, geopolitics, and conditions in Europe from the 1920s through the end of World War II, with special attention on the rise of fascism in Italy and Spain and the conflict between Japan and China.

Hemingway gives a ground-level narrative of history as only he can, chronicling the Spanish Civil War and advocating a dubious position (with the benefit of hindsight) of isolationi
Jun 03, 2016 Riley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No surprise, some of these Hemingway pieces were very good, and some, not so much. I found the ones from World War II on strangely sad, as Hemingway increasingly because of caricature of the image of himself -- whether as the heroic war correspondent, or the hard-drinking and fearless big-game and big-fish sportsman. With the hindsight of his 1961 suicide, it is hard not to find something elegiac about the joie de vivre some of those later writings try to present.
Bistra Ivanova
Feb 05, 2010 Bistra Ivanova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, history
Отдавна я бях чела, този път - подробно и внимателно за една курсова работа - с фокус военните текстове. Повечето хора познават Хемингуей преди всичко като белетрист, а той през целия си живот е бил тясно обвързан с журналистиката - бил е репортер, кореспондент и фрийленсър (есета, пътеписи, etc); последните му две жени също са били знаменити журналистки. Наистина смятам, че всеки, който се занимава с медии, трябва да прочете тази книга. Хемингуей слага фокусът върху това да погледнеш човека в о ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Anglotopia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent look at Hemingway's other life as a foreign correspondent - a career that provided ample material for his fiction works. The selected articles here provide an interesting insight into daily life and the geopolitics of the first half of the 20th century. Reading this book really makes you wish we still had journalists who could write like this. Some of the articles are rather banal and uninteresting, but they are few and far between. I've often said that Hemingway is best enj ...more
Amir Dov
Aug 11, 2015 Amir Dov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I read on Europe before, during and after WW II. The reason I found it so interesting is that it gives you a completely different experience to read news articles that were actually written during that time, rather than historical books that were written a couple of decades later about that time. Hemingway did not have the benefit of knowing how everything ended and then writing in retrospect. He was reporting from different parts of the world almost on a daily basis, so yo ...more
Alessandro Chirchiglia
La seconda cosa migliore di Hemingway dopo "Fiesta". Una vita vissuta fino in fondo e descritta in modo magistrale.
Andrew Maitland
Jan 18, 2016 Andrew Maitland rated it really liked it
Simple, supremely interesting, Twainish. Beautiful look into times never to be experienced again.
Jul 03, 2013 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m still working my way through the library of Ernest Hemingway’s books. In the last 2 weeks I listened to “The Short Stories: Volume I” which includes “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and yesterday I finished “A Moveable Feast.” Now I’m currently on Hemingway’s “By-Line” which has many of the stories he published as a journalist for the Toronto Star as well as various magazines and other periodicals. What a fascinating life he led. After I’ve finished most his major works I must write in more detail ...more
Rich Boyett
Jul 29, 2015 Rich Boyett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great collection. I would have posted 5 stars if not for the WW II section. The Asian dispatches bored me out of my scull. "The Christmas Trip" story was worth the cost of the book. It was one of the best Hemingway pieces I have ever read.
Hemingway's essays can be divided into 3 parts: the cynical ones, the ones that deal with war and politics and the ones about his time in Latin america. I found the first kind to be the most original intriguing and funny (!) The rest, however, felt kind of technical and not very interesting
John Stepper
Mar 17, 2013 John Stepper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must for any Hemingway fan as it provides material you may have never otherwise seen. Some of it is from his early 20s, some when he was already famous and reporting World War II. Some are fishing and hunting stories for magazines like Esquire.

If you're like me, you won't like every article. But, as a whole, they let you see his development as a writer while also letting you contrast his approach to reporting from his approach to books.

Reading them all, one at a sitting, was a real treat.
E. T. Brother
Feb 10, 2016 E. T. Brother rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good
Nicole Marble
May 29, 2015 Nicole Marble rated it liked it
I listened to this book 2 years ago and found it boring.
Tried again and saw, or rather heard, something a bit different.
Hemingway was a fine reporter and put himself in Europe in the 1920's as the fuel of WWII was just organizing. And Hemingway noticed, and absorbed it and predicted that the extremists/activists of the 1920's could lead to war.
After that, and after success, he became quite full of himself - and that was VERY boring.
Dec 18, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I think this is the book that I have, although mine is an old edition, probably one of the originals. I love it. More than Hemingway's fiction, his coverage of Europe during the wars is beautifully written and gives me such a sense of what it would have been like to live and work in that era. I can pick this one up and turn to any page and get caught up in the history and language that Hemingway captures beautifully.
Nov 02, 2010 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In contrast to Hem's novels, this collection of articles is often light and laugh-out-loud funny. Of course there is scathing sarcasm and abundant stories about shooting and fishing. Some of his political writing is worth skipping and some of his hypotheses about marlin (e.g., striped, white and blue are all one species)are simply wrong--yet, he is very readable and still the master of outdoor sports writing.
Oct 07, 2008 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
from a biased perspective (Hemingway being my favorite author), half the book is great. his observations of 1920s Europe and his times/experiences as an expat are the key to this book. his explanation of trout fishing, marlin fishing, whale fishing, bullfighting, antelope hunting, elephant hunting, lion hunting, etc., all with exhaustively exquisite detail, are why I think only half the book is great.
May 22, 2016 Zardoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The book is divided into sections. My favorite were the Esquire articles and the After The Wars section.
If your new to Hemingway start elsewhere. His short stories perhaps.
For the true fanboy there are lots of intimate details of Papa's daily life. His account of the two planes crashes were very amusing.
Mar 27, 2009 Meg rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in 20th century history
Recommended to Meg by: my son gave it to me
This is some of the best journalism it's been my privilege to read. He's a master at this craft and now, of course, it's a fascinating look at history. If you're at all interested in the Spanish Civil War, the reports from that conflict are useful, and interesting to compare to George Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia."
Jan 08, 2010 Issaquah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My edition looks different. It is a green/blue paperback.

This features what purports to contain the best of Hemingway's writing from his reporting. I have found that this greatly influenced my perception of France and Germany in between the wars. It features his brilliant writing describing these tough times.
Much of Hemingway's stylistic and thematic features are present, especially in the later works, but it's hard to recommend reading this all at once. The essays themselves range from just OK to great, but this is likely for Hemingway completists only.
Rally Soong
Nov 12, 2012 Rally Soong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad for the few pieces of gems of Hemingway's journalistic work...which informed many of his fictions. Some are not that good or are badly informed...but it captures American journalistic writing ala Esquire, etc. of that era.
Josh Stewart
Aug 18, 2009 Josh Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i'm obviously a fan of hemingway. this is a compilation of stuff he wrote early in his career as a young newspaper staffer and then articles he wrote later on as an established best-selling author. great background.
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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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