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Ernest Hemingway on Writing [Kindle Edition]

Ernest Hemingway , Larry W Phillips , Larry W. Phillips
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An assemblage of reflections on the nature of writing and the writer from one the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.

Throughout Hemingway’s career as a writer, he maintained that it was bad luck to talk about writing—that it takes off “whatever butterflies have on their wings and the arrangement of hawk’s feathers if you show it or talk about it.”

Despite this belief, by the end of his life he had done just what he intended not to do. In his novels and stories, in letters to editors, friends, fellow artists, and critics, in interviews and in commissioned articles on the subject, Hemingway wrote often about writing. And he wrote as well and as incisively about the subject as any writer who ever lived…

This book contains Hemingway’s reflections on the nature of the writer and on elements of the writer’s life, including specific and helpful advice to writers on the craft of writing, work habits, and discipline. The Hemingway personality comes through in general wisdom, wit, humor, and insight, and in his insistence on the integrity of the writer and of the profession itself.
—From the Preface by Larry W. Phillips

About the Author

Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the twentieth century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Publication of "The Sun Also Rises" and "A Farewell to Arms" immediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that led to international fame. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls, " and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novella "The Old Man and the Sea" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 200 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (25 July 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YCOTIU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Larry Phillips' compilation of the comments Hemingway made on the process of writing contains a wealth of material for writers at every level. I had the good fortune to read the book in its original hard-cover version when it was published in the mid-1980s. At that point, I had been a newspaper and magazine writer and editor for about a decade, and I found several key ideas I was able to incorporate into my own work. I'd long ago loaned out my copy of the hard-cover book when the paperback version came out this summer, so I happily purchased a copy and reread the book. It seems as fresh today as it did nearly 15 years ago. There are still lots of specific tips and techniques writers can acquire. One of my favorites is Hemingway's recommendation that a writer not continue writing until he or she runs dry, but rather stop at a point when the next sentence or paragraph or chapter is known. That way, the writer can pick up later where he or she left off, without the trauma of facing a blank page or a blank screen, wondering what's next. I've tried it over the years, and it works. Beyond those specifics, however, I find it interesting to read how Hemingway viewed his life as a writer. Regardless of how you feel about Hemingway as a person or even as a writer, you might recognize that the man spent a lot of time thinking about what it meant to be a writer and how a writer should develop his or her craft. That alone is worth the price of admission.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book...very bad paper 18 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Hemingway was enthusiastic about his craft. The editor of this selection chose hundreds of quotes from Hemingway's works that deal with writing. They are excellent choices. This could be a worthwhile textbook for a writer developing his own craft, or for an interested reader studying Hemingway. It is regrettable that the paper is little better, if at all, than newsprint. It is virtually impossible to annotate in pencil. I suspect this book will self-destruct in a year like an old newspaper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What it says on the tin 23 May 2014
By KP
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I decided to take a punt on this book, despite some of the reviews, and I'm glad I did. While it's not a "write your own novel" book, it's a collection of Hemingway's reflections on writing over the years, pulled together by theme instead of chronology. Sometimes it's provoking, sometimes poignant, sometimes you can hear the great man going twenty rounds with his own human struggle with articulation. If you take it as a personal comment on what it was like for EH to write (to the standard that won him the Nobel and sees him as one of the greatest American writers), then it is well worth the cover price. If you want a writing course, look elsewhere. This book has enough inspiration and insight into what it is to struggle alone - as every writer has to - with what it is to try to write something decent, to make it well worth making the space on the bookshelf.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book...very bad paper 18 Aug 1999
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Format:Paperback
Hemingway was enthusiastic about his craft. The editor of this selection chose hundreds of quotes from Hemingway's works that deal with writing. They are excellent choices. This could be a worthwhile textbook for a writer developing his own craft, or for an interested reader studying Hemingway. It is regrettable that the paper is little better, if at all, than newsprint. It is virtually impossible to annotate in pencil. I suspect this book will self-destruct in a year like an old newspaper.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Of doubtful value to aspiring writers 2 Oct 2004
Format:Paperback
This book probably won't speed you on your way to your own 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' but it does provide some insight to Hemingway's attitudes to things in general and literature in particular. This is a collection of extracts, some quite short, from letters and biographies and gathered into chapters like 'Working Habits'. However, the quotes are often isolated from their contexts and are quite useless as advice on writing per se. An example from the chapter 'Other Writers',page 91, I quote:
"I think you should learn about writing from everybody who has ever written that has anything to teach you" to F Scott Fitzgerald 1925.Unquote.
No, I didn't understand it either and there's more of that ilk. Actually Stephen King's book 'On Writing' is a much better book as it is deliberately written for the aspiring writer.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 11 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
Perhaps the problem is that a title like "Ernest Hemingway on Writing" promises to deliver a lot more than this book does. It is a collection of quotations from a variety of sources, ranging from published work to telegrams and letters - but it doesn't add up to a coherent whole and is presented without any real context. As a result it is really quite dull after a while - just one anecdote after another - and doesn't tell you much about Hemingway as a person or much about him as a writer. It's not a book to sit down and read like some of the other "On Writing" books - it's the kind of book you can keep in the bathroom....

Personally I would suggest Carlos Baker's biography or "Hemingway The Life and Death of A Giant" by Kurt Singer, "Papa" by Gregory Hemingway or "Papa Hemingway" by AE Hotchner, or "How it Was" by Mary Welsh Hemingway if you want to know about Hemingway as a person - and read his work if you want to know what he thought about writing.

For an 'On Writing' book that is great then try Norman Mailer's "The Spooky Art" or as a previous reviewer has said Stephen King's "On Writing" is also very good.

Of course, if you're a Hemingway fan like me then you're going to buy this anyway so ignore all the above!
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