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Baker, Carlos. Ernest Hemingway, a Life Story. New York: Scribner, 1969. The definitive biography, written by a distinguished Hemingway scholar and professor of literature. It presents a balanced view of the man and his work.

Burgess, Anthony. Ernest Hemingway and His World. New York: Scribner, 1978. A sparkling short biography. The author, an English novelist, gives you a refreshingly honest appraisal of Hemingway the man seen against the background of his times. The biographer is obviously not dazzled by any Hemingway mystique, yet is fair in his treatment of the man as a writer.

Callaghan, Morley. That Summer in Paris. New York: Coward-McCann, 1963. Memories of a Canadian writer's friendship with Hemingway during the summer of 1929.


Baker, Carlos. Ernest Hemingway: Critiques of Four Major Novels. New York: Scribner, 1962. A collection of five critiques of Farewell, the first publication of Hemingway's original ending to the novel, plus a handy guide to research for literary papers.

Baker, Sheridan. Ernest Hemingway. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1967.

Bradbury, Malcom. The Modern American Novel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.

Fiedler, Leslie A. Love and Death in the American Novel. New York: Stein and Day, 1966. Fairly heavy on writers other than Hemingway, but useful in its insights concerning Hemingway's creation of characters like Catherine Barkley.

Rovit, Earl. Ernest Hemingway. Boston: Twayne, 1963. A well-documented study of the work of Hemingway. Although Farewell is only part of what is covered, it does give a useful discussion of what constitutes the Hemingway hero.

Weeks, Robert, ed. Hemingway: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1962.

Young, Philip. Ernest Hemingway: A Reconsideration. New York: Rinehart, 1952. Offers extensive commentary on Farewell. Clarifies the idea of the "hero" in Hemingway and offers insights into the making and meaning of Hemingway's individual style.


Altenbernd, Lynn, and Leslie L. Lewis. A Handbook for the Study of Fiction. New York: Macmillan, 1966.

Just what its title states. Valuable for background that could be used in writing literary essays about Hemingway or any writer.

Fussell, Paul. The Great War and Modern Memory. New York: Oxford University Press, 1975.

Invaluable for an understanding of the very special effect World War I has had on the making of the modern world.


Listed are major works in the order of their publication.

In Our Time, 1925. Short stories and remarkable little sketches.

The Sun Also Rises, 1926. The novel of the "lost generation" footloose in Europe.

A Farewell to Arms, 1929.

For Whom the Bell Tolls, 1940. A novel of the Spanish Civil War.

The Old Man and the Sea, 1952. The last major work of fiction published while Hemingway was still alive.

A Movable Feast, 1964. Reminiscences of Paris in the twenties.

By-Line: Ernest Hemingway, Selected Articles and Despatches of Four Decades, ed. William White, 1967.

Islands in the Stream, 1970. An unfinished novel about war in the Gulf Stream.

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