Ernest Hemingway A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Life and Workby Charles M. Oliver, Charles M. Robert
Pub. Date: 04/28/1999
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
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The powerful, groundbreaking novels and short stories of Nobel Prizewinning author Ernest Hemingway have had a lasting influence on twentiethcentury literature. The 100th anniversary of his birth in 1999 will bring increased attention to his life and works.
Ernest Hemingway A to Z is the first encyclopedia to completely examine the life, work, and legacy of this literary icon. The book draws on a vast array of letters, bibliography, criticism, correspondence, reviews, and the texts themselves.
More than 2,500 extensively crossreferenced entries include:
Detailed synopses of all Hemingway's novels, short stories, plays, and nonfiction books and articles
An overview of the critical reception to each work
Descriptions of all fictional characters
Film adaptations of his work
Paris in the 1920s and other places important to Hemingway
Discussions of important people in his life, including family and friends.
From students to veteran scholars, Ernest Hemingway A to Z will enhance every reader's experience.
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Oliver's 'A To Z' joins Michael Reynolds' 'Hemingway, The Final Years,' as one of the two or three really valuable books to be issued or reissued in this, the centennial year of Hemingway's birth. As a Hemingway scholar, former editor of 'The Hemingway Review' and a dealer in collectible Hemingway editions, Oliver is eminently suited to the task of preparing what amounts to a Hemingway encyclopedia. Casual readers of Hemingway's work and Papa aficionados will find equal value in this book. It is particularly refreshing to have a volume such as this one that confines itself to the facts of the life and the (reasonable) scholarly conjectures regarding the text and subtext of Hemingway's books and short stories. To his credit Oliver doesn't feel compelled to include listings for Duff Twysden or Harold Loeb, citing them as 'obvious' inspirations for certain fictional characters who crop up in a certain Hemingway novel released in the Twenties. One caveat: Given the fact that this book is intended as a reference volume - and therefore a book to be consulted more than once - it is lamentable such a thin grade of paper was chosen (blame the publisher, not Oliver). Therefore, take durability where you can find it and buy the hardback edition.