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A. E. Hotchner (1920–2020)

Författare till Papa Hemingway : personliga minnen

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A. E. Hotchner is a dramatist, novelist, screenwriter, and biographer

Verk av A. E. Hotchner

Papa Hemingway : personliga minnen (1966) — Författare — 762 exemplar
Doris Day: Her Own Story (1976) 153 exemplar
Stones och det vilda 60-talet (1990) 87 exemplar
King of the Hill: A Memoir (1972) 54 exemplar
The Man Who Lived at the Ritz (1981) 21 exemplar
Hemingway and His World (1989) 20 exemplar

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Vedertaget namn
Hotchner, A. E.
Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Hotchner, Aaron Edward
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Westport, Connecticut, USA
Washington University
Salinger, J. D. (friend)
Hemingway, Ernest (friend)
United States Air Force
Newman's Own
Kort biografi
Born in St. Louis, Aaron Edward Hotchner grew up in the Westgate Hotel at Delmar and Kingshighway, and attended Soldan High School. A 1941 Washington University Law School graduate, he served as a military journalist before becoming a successful editor, novelist, playwright and biographer. Respected for giving all profits from a joint venture with actor Paul Newman to charities and the arts, Hotchner is best known for Papa Hemingway, his biography of close friend Ernest Hemingway. King of the Hill, A. E. Hotchner's evocative novel about growing up in St. Louis during the Great Depression, was captured on film in 1993.



Things That Hemingway Might Have Said
Review of the HarperCollins Kindle eBook (October 19, 2010) of the Ecco hardcover original (April 19, 2008).

It’s all so beautiful in this misty light. Mr. Degas could have painted it and gotten the light so that it would be truer on his canvas than what we now see. That is what the artist must do. On canvas or on printed page, he must capture the thing so truly that its magnification will endure. That is the difference between journalism and literature. There is very little literature. Much less than we think.

I've been a bit leery of Hotchner's various Hemingway memoirs. The first one Papa Hemingway (1966) was certainly entertaining and revelatory, but had the sour note of its attempted suppression by Mary Hemingway, the subject's last wife. Hemingway in Love: His Own Story (2015) had the whiff of a late cash-in by its recycling of material from the 1966 work and building a romanticized tale which was likely inspired by Paula McLain's success with her historical fiction of Hemingway's first marriage in The Paris Wife (2011). It also had several errors in it as noted in my review Back to the Well at the time.

So I hadn't give The Good Life According to Hemingway much of a thought until it came up as a Kindle Deal of the Day recently. At a bargain price I thought it was worth a go.

The thing that strikes you about it is that although it is supposedly filled with Hemingway's views about topics such as writing and life, the book is not credited to Hemingway himself, but rather to Hotchner. So you realize these are Hotchner's recreations of things Hemingway said over the 14 years or so that they were friends. A lot of it does sound like things Hemingway would have said, so in that sense Hotchner does capture the voice. Still you are left feeling a bit doubtful about the authenticity.

The volume is pretty slim at 154 pages of which space half is taken up with Hemingway photos, several of which were new to me.

Trivia and Link
The Guardian's obituary of A.E. Hotchner (1917-2020) gives an excellent overview of his career and especially his friendship with Hemingway. It also mentions his friendship with actor Paul Newman, which led to their partnership in the founding of the Newman's Own brand of food products.
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alanteder | 1 annan recension | Feb 27, 2024 |
Unfortunately I picked up this book, not realising its for young adults. Therefore my rating would differ if I read it 50 years ago
bergs47 | 3 andra recensioner | Jul 21, 2023 |
I grew up in Idaho, approximately three hours’ drive from where Hemingway met his sad end. As it happens, I didn’t know that he had died in my home state until after it was no longer my home state, as my family moved to Tennessee before my Grade 11 year. To be fair, Hemingway isn’t a writer that children should really be exposed to, but still I am surprised that the fact was not not more widespread in the general cultural consciousness.

I happened to finish this book on the 62nd anniversary of Papa’s death, 2 July 2023. In fact, I stayed up to 23:30 at night to make sure I finished the last chapter on that day. This is perhaps the most significant anniversary of Papa’s death, since he would have turned 62 on 21 July 1961, Hotchner’s book, correctly called a memoir rather than a biography, chronicled a significant amount of the author’s experiences along the fringes of Hemingway’s entourage. Hemingway maintains his reputation as a larger-than-life literary master, maintaining relationships with many of the leading lights from literature and other forms of entertainment from the 1920s to the 1950s.

The pacing of the book is somewhat uneven, and there are many portions in which Hotchner describes Hemingway from afar, through letters, phone calls, or even press accounts. I think it would be a bit better had the book stayed within the times when Hotchner was in Hemingway’s presence. Then, the tone could have shifted markedly once Hemingway’s mental illnesses became impossible to suppress any longer. Their suppression, principally by Papa himself, is unsurprising, since, as Hotchner reports, he was ever fearful of losing his “equipment,” his mind and his talent, This fear is typically the case with public figures who rely on the power of their minds. Two other prominent examples come to mind: the only American to officially be recognized as world chess champion; and the great comedian Robin Williams, whose manic behavior, in retrospect, kept the “demons” at bay.

I enjoyed this book and it has inspired me to restart my own writing, which became stalled due to everyone’s favorite pandemic and the pressures that came with it.
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mmodine | 6 andra recensioner | Jul 3, 2023 |



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