Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story

By Carlos Baker
Read by Christopher Hurt

29.33 Hours 12/01/1992 unabridged
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Now hailed as a classic, Carlos Baker’s bestselling biography brings into sharp focus one of the titans of twentieth-century American literature, a writer whose life itself was the stuff of legend. Baker draws not only on Hemingway’s unpublished writings but on the personal testimony of the artists and writers, sportsmen and soldiers who played a part in his career. The scenes are spectacular, and the gallery of characters is a panorama of the literary history of our time: Fitzgerald, Ford, Pound, Stein, Dos Passos. Baker reveals a man of baffling complexity behind the myths and mystique of the Hemingway persona—volcanic, mercurial, frequently tortured, consumed with anxiety, never uninteresting. Here are the many faces of Hemingway: boxer, drinker, humorist, fisherman, hunter, lover, activist, and above all, the most influential prose stylist of the century.

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Summary

Summary

Now hailed as a classic, Carlos Baker’s bestselling biography brings into sharp focus one of the titans of twentieth-century American literature, a writer whose life itself was the stuff of legend. Baker draws not only on Hemingway’s unpublished writings but on the personal testimony of the artists and writers, sportsmen and soldiers who played a part in his career. The scenes are spectacular, and the gallery of characters is a panorama of the literary history of our time: Fitzgerald, Ford, Pound, Stein, Dos Passos.

Baker reveals a man of baffling complexity behind the myths and mystique of the Hemingway persona—volcanic, mercurial, frequently tortured, consumed with anxiety, never uninteresting. Here are the many faces of Hemingway: boxer, drinker, humorist, fisherman, hunter, lover, activist, and above all, the most influential prose stylist of the century.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A life-size replica of Ernest Hemingway…dazzling…Out of the incredible rubble of detail comes the excitement and the urge to get on with it of the early days in Paris, the ‘hair-on-the-chest’ bumptiousness after his early novels had made it, the subtle decline into sentimental buffoonery in the late 1930s and 1940s, the stark and fearsome and chilling tragedy of the final descent.” New York Times
“Comprehensive…Baker’s biography lets the events of Hemingway’s life speak for themselvse with respect and the sympathetic cadences of a fellow novelist.” Los Angeles Times
“Narrator Christopher Hurt’s spirited reading keeps the pages turning briskly. This is a must for any collection.” Library Journal
“Will be an obligatory referral for a long time to come.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Carlos Baker

Carlos Baker (1909–1987) was the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University. He earned his BA, MA, and PhD at Dartmouth, Harvard, and Princeton, respectively. Baker’s published works included several novels and books of poetry, various literary critiques and essays, and a biography of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 29.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English