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  • Published: 16 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099565994
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 720
  • RRP: $29.99

Hemingway's Boat

Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961




This is a literary tour de force, an invaluable, unforgettable and original portrait of Ernest Hemingway and his beloved boat, Pilar.

"A man who let who let his own insides get eaten out by the diseases of fame had dreamed new books on this boat. He’d taught his sons to reel in something that feels like Moby Dick on this boat. He’d accidentally shot himself in both legs on this boat. He’d fallen drunk from the flying bridge on this boat. He’d written achy, generous, uplifting, poetic letters on this boat. He’d propositioned women on this boat. He’d hunted German subs on this boat. He’d saved guests and family members from shark attack on this boat. He’d acted like a bully on this boat. She’d been intimately his, and he hers, for twenty-seven years - his final twenty-seven years. She’d lasted through three wives, the Nobel Prize, and all his ruin. He’d owned her, fished her, worked her and rode her. She wasn’t a figment or a dream or a literary theory or somebody’s psychosexual interpretation - she was actual." * Even in his most accomplished period, Hemingway carried within him the seeds of his tragic decline and throughout this period, he had one constant - his beloved boat, Pilar. * Paul Hendrickson has delved into the life of Hemingway and done the seemingly impossible: present him to us in a whole new light. * With poetic sensibility, tireless research, and dazzling writing, Hendrickson focuses on the period from 1934 to 1961, from the pinnacle of Hemingway's fame to his suicide. Hendrickson shows the close connection between Hemingway's life and the words that would wind up on the pages of his books. We see him with Maxwell Perkins; his friend and rival, F. Scott Fitzgerald; Isaak Dinesen; Marlene Dietrich; his four wives and three children. * Hemingway's Boat is an unforgettable and unique contribution to our understanding of a great American writer.

  • Published: 16 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099565994
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 720
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Paul Hendrickson

PAUL HENDRICKSON is the author of the New York Times bestseller Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, and Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy, which won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award. Since 1998 he has been on the faculty of the creative writing programme at the University of Pennsylvania. For two decades before that, he was a staff writer at The Washington Post.

Among his other books are Looking for the Light: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War, a finalist for the National Book Award.

He lives in Washington, D.C., and outside Philadelphia.

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Praise for Hemingway's Boat

A terrific and fresh approach to the man

Daniel Woodrell, Financial Times

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