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Friday, May 28, 2010

Ernest Hemingway: A Writer's Life

VG/M Reef, Catherine. Ernest Hemingway: A Writer’s Life. Clarion Books, 2009. $20.00, 183p.

Unlike most biography, this one flow well and teens will enjoy reading it from cover to cover. With many photos detailing the life a great American writer whose life was carefully outlined in eleven chapters. In each of the chapter, Reef focuses on an aspect of Hemingway’s life. Born as the oldest son to Ed and Grace Hemingway, he did not win his parents approval for his style of writing. His relationship with them drifted further away over the years. His life was not a most desirable one: many time he struggled as a writers; he had several failure in marriages: Hadley Richardson, Pauline Pfeiffer, and Martha Gellhorn, and he committed suicide to end his life. He was most proud of his work as wartime correspondence for various newspapers. This oversize tome is great for high school assignment or general research on the life of Ernest Hemingway, but for more extensive research, The Ernest Hemingway, a Literary Reference would be a more comprehensive source. Dora Ho, LAPL - Young Adult Librarian

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