Hemingway : a life without consequences

by James R. Mellow

Hardcover, 1992




Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1992.


"This is a magisterial retelling of who did what with and to whom--Ezra Pound, the Fitzgeralds, the Murphys, Getrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Sylvia Beach and James Joyce, Robert McAlmon, Bryher, H.D., and all the other major and minor players whose personal histories gave the era the aura of golden perfection."--The New York Times Book Review In this brilliant, elegantly written biography, award-winning author James R. Mellow offers a thorough reassessment of a man who was both a literary giant and an icon for his age. The final volume in Mellow's "Lost Generation" trilogy, Hemingway: A Life Without Consequences is also a homage to Paris in the 1920s and a tribute to the writers and artists who set the indelible standards for the modern age. "Without it, neither scholar nor layman can claim to have a full understanding of the forces that shaped and ultimately destroyed the talent of a man who is arguably the most influential writer of the twentieth century."--Los Angeles Times… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member Michael_Godfrey
Mellow's biography of Hemingway manages the unmanageable: he writes sensitively of an insensitive subject, and weaves a narrative of convincing enough factuality out of a subject who thrived, in more way than one, on fiction. For this reader at least Hemingway emerges as thoroughly reprehensible, and Mellow as thoroughly admirable! That I'm sure was not Mellow's intention. He writes with beautiful clarity and narrative energy and creates an unforgettable biography of a larger than life tragedy. Only the photos are a disappointment.… (more)
LibraryThing member Neftzger
This is an excellent source of information for true Hemingway fans. Mellow does a great job of detailing Hemingway's life and providing documentation from letters and other sources as he pieces together the history of Hemingway's own life story. That said, this is more of a scholarly work and unless you are a true Hemingway fan the book may be cumbersome to read, as it is extremely detailed. It would be an excellent resources for a college paper or anyone who desires to know as much as can be possibly known about this author. A great reference book/ resource.… (more)



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