Ernest Hemingway on Writing

Ernest Hemingway on Writing

Book - 2004
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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
ISBN: 9780684854298
Characteristics: xiii, 140 pages ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Phillips, Larry W. - Editor


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Jan 08, 2017

ERNEST HEMINGWAY ON WRITING is a short, easy-breezy kind of read, but it's not very substantial either. Considering the level of privacy the man tried to maintain, I highly doubt he would have liked his personal letters amassed and scoured for traces of advice, whether decent tips were among them or not. That irks me a little bit, regardless of what the preface tries to say to the contrary. Still, I read it rather quickly, but not much was to be gained. As a reader and a writer, the working habits section is full of the best guidelines on how to get that story down on paper, but for the most part, the other sections dwell too long on his thoughts regarding other people, other people's work, other people's politics, and how much he doesn't think much about other people. It is all rather tepid at best and, unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend it.

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