Ernest Hemingway on Writing
Larry W. Phillips
Scribner, Jul 6, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 160 pages
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
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - madepercy - LibraryThing
Phillips puts together a collection of quotes from Hemingway's work and also from a number of letters and interviews. I am not sure Hemingway would have been happy about this book, although Mr ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - chaosmogony - LibraryThing
Great, wonderful book. This isn't anything but a collection of wisdoms from Hemingway, but if you're interested in how he looked at writing (and if you want to write yourself) this is a goldmine not to be underestimated. Highly recommended. Read full review
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