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Picturing Hemingway : a writer in his time
Voss, Frederick.
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Publication Information:
New Haven : Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, in association with Yale University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
111 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
"An exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 18-October 3, 1999"--T.p. verso.
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PS3515.E37 Z9154 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
PS3515.E37 Z9154 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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A collection of more than 70 portraits of Ernest Hemingway and those around him, commemorating his life and career. The drawings, paintings and photographs are accompanied by two essays, one on the man as a literary icon and the other examining his life in the light of various portraits.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The centennial of Hemingway's birth is being celebrated with the publication of a work he never completed, True at First Light [BKL Ap 15 99], the release of the final volume in Michael Reynolds' magnificent five-part biography, and an exhibit of paintings and photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the subject of this handsome volume. More than 70 portraits of Hemingway from boyhood to his final years are accompanied by thoughtful essays by Reynolds and historian Voss. Hemingway's image was nearly as important to him as his writing, and, as Reynolds so astutely notes and the photographs affirm, he became a true American icon. Man Ray's 1923 portrait preserves the literary Parisian Hemingway; Robert Capa captured Hemingway the soldier during the Spanish civil war, and Yousuf Karsh's famous 1957 portrait presents a sage Nobel Prize winner. Each picture marks a step in the evolution of this mythologized warrior-artist, a man who lived vibrantly and wrote masterfully within the maelstroms of the modern era and his own wracked psyche. --Donna Seaman

Choice Review

Published on the crest of the wave of celebrations for the centennial of Hemingway's birth, this handsome volume is more than the mere coffee-table book it first appears to be. To begin with, it is introduced by a fine, long essay by preeminent Hemingway scholar Michael Reynolds, whose fifth and final volume of the definitive Hemingway biography has also just been published (Hemingway: The Final Years, 1999). Second, Voss (senior historian at the National Portrait Gallery) has assembled a representative sampling of photographs, paintings, and illustrations of Hemingway, his book jackets, and his contemporaries, accompanied by a brief but well-documented essay on the circumstances of their composition. This book will be of mild interest to Hemingway scholars and of greater interest to the lay reader. Recommended for public libraries and those university libraries maintaining complete Hemingway collections. B. H. Leeds; Central Connecticut State University