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In 1959, the most famous literary figure of his time set out in the twilight of his life to recapture his early success in the 1920s. The experience tested all the credos of bravery and grace under pressure he had lived by.
Just months before turning sixty, Ernest Hemingway headed for Spain to write a new epilogue for his bullfighting classic Death in the Afternoon, as well as an article for Life magazine. His hosts were Bill and Anne Davis, wealthy Americans in pursuit of the avant-garde life of the 1920s’ post-war expatriates, who lavishly entertained celebrities and the literati, from Noel Coward to Laurence Olivier, at their historic villa, La Consula. This hacienda would become Hemingway’s home during the most pivotal months of the Nobel laureate’s denouement, and Bill Davisfellow adventurer who had survived the Depression running arms during the Spanish Civil Warwould become his friend and bullfight-traveling companion.
Looking for Hemingway explores that incredible friendship and offers a rare intimate look into the final period of the legendary author’s life, giving comprehension not only of a writer’s despair but of suicide as a not unreasonable conclusion to a blasted existence.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)|
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 "Fiesta, Si!" 1
Chapter 2 La Consula 19
Chapter 3 The Dying Artist 31
Chapter 4 The Politics of the Corrida 41
Chapter 5 Hollywood in Spain 51
Chapter 6 The Rich Are Different 61
Chapter 7 Who Was Hemingway? 73
Chapter 8 Who Was Bill Davis? 81
Chapter 9 Silencio, Por Favor 91
Chapter 10 Bullfighting as Art 101
Chapter 11 Great Fortune 107
Chapter 12 The Well Runs Dry 117
Chapter 13 Needing a Death in the Bullring 127
Chapter 14 The Ghost of Manolete 137
Chapter 15 The Ordoñez-Domingúin Feud 145
Chapter 16 The Cost of the Softhearted Man 153
Chapter 17 The One True Sentence 163
Chapter 18 Paris One More Time 171
Author's Note and Acknowledgments 202
Appendix I Hemingway's Nobel Prize Speech 209
Appendix II Time Line of Hemingway in Spain 210
Appendix III Selected Letters from Ernest Hemingway to Bill Davis 212
About the Author 233