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A. E. Hotchner (1920–2020)

Teoksen Papa Hemingway tekijä

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About the Author

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

Tekijän teokset

Papa Hemingway (1966) — Tekijä — 744 kappaletta
Hemingway in Love: His Own Story (2015) 155 kappaletta
Doris Day: Her Own Story (1976) 149 kappaletta
King of the Hill: A Memoir (1972) 54 kappaletta
The Man Who Lived at the Ritz (1981) 21 kappaletta
Hemingway and His World (1989) 20 kappaletta

Associated Works

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Kanoninen nimi
Hotchner, A. E.
Virallinen nimi
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
Lyhyt elämäkerta
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.



Unfortunately I picked up this book, not realising its for young adults. Therefore my rating would differ if I read it 50 years ago
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bergs47 | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | 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 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 3, 2023 |
A very personal look at Ernest Hemingway.
Many insights into Hemingway. Clearly he was very bright and clearly he was severely emotionally ill at the time he shot himself.
Interesting vignettes of his time in Cuba and Spain and of his love for bullfighting and matadors. Many things came together at the end of his life to diminish his capabilities and lead to his depression and anxiety.
Given his family history there must be a genetic contribution to his emotional illness and suicide. Clearly the attempts to treat his emotional illness failed dismally.
THe author clearly knew Hemingway well and had a lot of insight into his mind.
Some of the information about Hemingway’s work habits were very interesting.
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waldhaus1 | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 28, 2023 |
This is, I believe, A. E. Hotchner's last published work, and although I have not yet read his childhood memoir King of the Hill, I suspect this novel is something of a re-working of that, as it covers the same time period and the descriptions of the two works sound quite similar. This little novel tells the somewhat fanciful tale of a 12-year-old boy left to his own devices, in the St. Louis of the Depression, who sets out to get his father out of jail, where he is being held indefinitely as a "material witness" to a shooting in which the gunman was not caught or identified. Aaron believes he can discover who fired the fatal shot, thereby bringing about his father's release---and y'know, you have to believe right along with him. Quirky, and sometimes moving, but I have a feeling I will wish I had read the memoir first when I get around to it.… (lisätietoja)
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laytonwoman3rd | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 1, 2022 |



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