New Hemingway biography reviewed

September 27, 2011

Hemingway with Joris Ivens during the filming of "The Spanish Earth".

James Salter reviews Hemingway’s Boat, Paul Hendrickson’s new biography of the writer of For Whom the Bell Tolls, in the latest NYRB:

Hemingway’s Boat, which covers the last twenty-seven years of Hemingway’s life, from 1934 to 1961, is not, as is made clear at the beginning, a conventional biography. It is factual but at the same time intensely personal, driven by great admiration but also filled with sentiment, speculation, and what might be called human interest.

More here. Meanwhile, Philip Kaufman’s TV movie Hemingway and Gellhorn is reported to be  in post-production.