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Hemingway in Love: His Own Story

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In June of 1961, A.E. Hotchner visited an old friend in the psychiatric ward of St. Mary's Hospital. It would be the last time they spoke: a few weeks later, Ernest Hemingway was released home, where he took his own life. Their final conversation was also the final installment in a story whose telling Hemingway had spread over nearly a decade.

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Published October 20th 2015 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 2015)
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Diane S ☔
Again and again I am drawn to these books covering the remarkable authors and artists of this time period. Hemingway in his own words, made him a bit more human yet it was still hard to feel compassion for this man, who was a brilliant writer but a disastrous husband and friend. Loved the pictures at the beginning of each chapter showing Hemingway at different stages in his life. Of course all the usual suspects make an appearance here, Dos Passos, Fitzgerald, the Murphys, Picasso but just as bi ...more
Hemingway in Love: His Own Story, A Shot of Tequila to be Taken with Ample Salt

Well, well, well. This is a beautiful little literary memoir written by A.E. Hotchner. Mr. Hotchner's a nice fellow. He helped Paul Newman start the Newman's Own food brand, the proceeds of which are donated to charity. He also, along with Newman, established the Hole in the Wall Camp for kids ages seven through fifteen with cancer and rare blood diseases from which they are unlikely to recover. Admission is free. Any
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3 1/2 stars. Sometimes you read a book and at some level you know there's a lot wrong with it, but somehow it's still captivating. That's how I experienced reading Hemingway in Love. A.E. Hotchner, who was a friend of Hemingway's, writes about a few conversations he had with EH over the last few years of EH's life in which he expressed regret over the time in his life when he left his first wife Hadley for his second wife Pauline, which he recounts while married to his fourth wife Mary. There -- ...more
David Schaafsma
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: auto-bio-memoir
R.I.P .A. E. Hotchner, (1917-2020), biographer and friend of Ernest Hemingway, who helped shape this positive spin on Hem's relationship with his first wife Hadley, whom we all pretty much agree was wronged by Hem. Here Hotch midwives Hem's apology and "love letter" to Hadley.

This older interview by Terri Gross with Hotchner was aired February 18, 2020

Original review, 5/29/18: Well, I dunno. This particular reading rabbit-hole began recently with re-read
Sep 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
A quick read but with no substance.
Hotchner filled the pages with name-dropping, his hob-nobbing with Hemingway and Hemingway's supposed stories of how Hadley was the one who got away.
Throughout, this sounds like someone trying to cash in on the chance opportunity of having met Hemingway and spending time (which Hemingway seemed to pay the costs of) with him.
Lots of name dropping and no one able to say anything in their defence. Not a fan.
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A. E. Hotchner (Aaron Edward) American editor, novelist, playwright, biographer, and friend (Hotch), delivers an intimate inside look, “behind the scenes” of his close friend’s relationship, life, and photos-- HEMINGWAY IN LOVE: His Own Story, a love triangle between the famous much loved author, Ernest Hemingway—(Hadley and Pauline); his loves, his near death experiences, his regrets, and dream
Linda Lipko
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure exactly why I continue to read about Ernest Hemingway. He truly was a despicable man. Always searching, never resting. Restlessly jumping from one woman to another. Always, always having another in wait before he left the current one.

This is written by his friend of 13 years, who it seems was enthralled by the man named Hemingway. The book begins at a time in Ernest's life when he was suicidal and severely depressed. Hotchner found him in a psychiatric ward. This would be the final
Serene Lim
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Can't say that I feel sorry for Hemingway. He comes across as one of those men who only lament the loss of 'true love' when they've successfully driven it away. When they had it solid and clenched in their fist, they cast it aside for the shiny and gossamer. In their old, fat, sickly and alcoholic days, they bottom out over it.

-bitter rant over-

The book is good. I was hooked right from the epigraph.
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A. E. Hotchner wrote a fairly fawning biography of Ernest Hemingway shortly after the author committed suicide in 1961. However, apparently he left out (or highly edited) Hemingway's thoughts on the break-up of his first marriage to Hadley Richardson and his subsequent marriage to Pauline Pfeiffer. So last year, at the age of 95, Hotchner gathered up all his notes and put together this slim volume ostensibly to set the record straight now that all the parties who could be offended are convenient ...more
This wasn't long enough to paint the picture that A.E. Hotchner attempted...I also have zero sympathy for Ernest within this story arc.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is something about the writers of Hemingway's time that fascinates me - I love reading the various perspectives and accounts.
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on my blog at:

*I received this book as a digital ARC from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review*

In June, 1961, A.E. Hotchner visited Ernest Hemingway in a psychiatric ward at St. Mary's Hospital. A few weeks later, Hemingway would be released home and within a week of his release, would take his own life. In this memoir, Hotchner reminisces about his 14 year friendship with Hemingway and the inti
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely gorgeous look inside of Hemingway's own life and the love he had and lost through his life. Such wonderful insight of one of my favourite authors.
Alan Teder
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Hemingway fans
This one feels off and gives the impression that A.E. Hotchner''s publisher & editor went back to the well to try to cash in on the recent popularity of Hemingway spousal related publications e.g. The Paris Wife, Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway's First Wife, Mrs. Hemingway, Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow: The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage etc. and films e.g. "Papa", "Hemingway and Gellhorn", "Midnight in Paris" etc.

The editor seems to have constructed this from Hotchner's n
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it

Written by A.E. Hotchner who maintained a friendship with Hemingway over 13 years, this
thin volume ( 168 pages) contains material not used in his earlier book, Papa Hemingway - A Personal Memoir.
This is a short book and flows well, is easily read and contains much dialogue and some sweet remembrances and 'conversations' between Hemingway and Hadley. What emerges is his love for Hadley his first wife. As an older man he is full of regret for his foolishness for the affair with Pauline Pfeiffe
Nick Anderson
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, not for the quality of the writing, but simply out of my fascination with Hemingway's life. Hotchner's book reads a bit like a memoir that was written less by a friend of Hemingway's than an admirer, though. It is based on conversations that were had between two friends over a decade, but instead of there being a back-and-forth, Hotchner essentially serves as a tape recorder, documenting Hemingway's stream of consciousness. In a way, it is "A Moveable Feast" told anecdotally ...more
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
This was a quick , enjoyable, easy read written by A.E. Hotchner, a good friend for the last 13 yrs of Hemingway's life. Hotchner paints a more human picture of Earnest as the later recounts his deepest regret in the loss of his marriage from his first wife, Hadley. He falls in love with a model, Pauline, who as my aunt would say, "set her cap for him."Earnest was enticed by the attention and her money as he was tired of living in poverty. Although Earnest declares he was in love with both women ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The incredibly poignant story of the affair that destroyed Ernest Hemingway's first marriage and of the regret that would dog him for the rest of his life as a result. The book was written by AE Hotchner, now 95, who was Hemingway's close friend over the last 15 or so years of his life. After surviving two plane crashes in the mid-'50s, Hemingway decides to tell this story to his friend Hotchner, who relates it as it was told to him. I was the editor for this book, and everyone in house immediat ...more
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book, yet ultimately rather sad. That may, in fact, be analogous to Hemingway's life. Big, bold, brash & beautiful, yet with an undercurrent of intense melancholy & great sadness. Perhaps it is as one reviewer noted the book that gives us the best understanding of Hemingway as a man. Hotchner paints a portrait of Papa Hemingway in a way very few have seen him before & does so with deft & elegant storytelling. ...more
Dave Newman
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hotchner is the perfect writer to tell Hemingway stories: prose as clear as the Midwestern sky, a great ear, and the occasional spot-on insight. Reading this book is like being with Papa in a bar in Paris or Key West or Cuba. The insight at the end is crushing. No one has humanized Hemingway more than Hotchner and, if you love Hemingway, there's not much more to say than thank you.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful. Written clearly and provides a close and insightful view into the life of Hemingway.
Elise Lillemägi
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well writed (an advantage when you are Hemingways trustworthy friend and diary). Brings up all those great moments I have had with the Lost Generation books and life they share with us. Gives a picture of Hemingway that maybe we havent seen yet - a man who lives all his life with a regret that he made the wrong choice and lost his real true love.
Alina Maria Cristea
A captivating account with a sad ending. Reading this book in parallel with "The sun also rises" was an interesting experience, because it gave me the opportunity to discover a little bit of Hemingway the man and Hemingway the writer at the same time.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love reading Hemingway as an author .... but reading about his actual final days are so heartbreaking. I wish I could think of the perfect sentences to write as a review... except, well worth the read.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moving and intimate. A must for Hemingway fans.
Cristina Alexandru
Too good man.
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have always been fascinated with Hemingway, Fitzgerald, et al in Paris. This intimate look at Hemingway's first two marriages (mostly in his own words) was surprisingly moving. The last five pages broke my heart a little bit.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Easy, fast read that could be devoured in a day (if you don’t have small children interrupting you.) Sifting through conversations with Hemingway about his personal life was interesting, but it was the postscript that packed the punch.
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recently read A Moveable Feast again and then found this book on display at the library. What a lovely complement to Hemingway's own work on his early days in Paris with Hadley. Hotchner is clearly a devoted friend and admirer of Papa, and this book captures clearly the voice of a man at the end of his life reflecting on love and loss. My heart turned over while reading it. I was just as fascinated by Hotchner's adoration for Hemingway as I was by the stories he shares. A must read for any lov ...more
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Aaron Edward Hotchner was an American editor, novelist, playwright, and biographer. He wrote many television screenplays as well as a biography of Ernest Hemingway. He co-founded with Paul Newman the charity food company Newman's Own.

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“And then there was the loving letter from my loving mother that I carry next to my heart.” Ernest took his billfold from his hip pocket and extracted a tattered slip of paper that he read from: “‘Ernest, I have received the inscribed copy of The Sun Also Rises, which you sent to me. Although as your Mother, I am pleased to hear that it is selling well, you have the doubtful honor of having produced one of the filthiest books of the year. Surely you must know some other words besides damn and bitch. I love you dear and still believe you will do something worthwhile to live after you.” 2 likes
“But you believed in me against those tough odds. I want you to know, Hadley, you'll be the true part of any woman I write about. I'll spend the rest of my life looking for you” 1 likes
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