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News Mon Jul 13 2009

The Hadley Richardson Tapes & an Essay from Sean

This new publication of A Moveable Feast sure has raised the occurrence of Hemingway news, e.g., this Tribune article by biographer Gioia Diliberto about receiving a set of taped conversations with Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway's first wife. Says Diliberto on her impression of Richardson upon listening to the tapes:

I expected Hadley, who died in 1979, to be bitter toward Hemingway; instead, on the tapes she is full of gratitude to him for giving her "the key to the world." When she met him in 1920, she had been a timid spinster, who lived for years under the control of her dominating mother in a state of nervous collapse. Meeting Hemingway at a party in Chicago, she told Sokoloff, was a great "explosion into life." He was the first person to see deeply into her true nature, and in a rueful irony, he helped her find the strong sense of self that sustained her through their break-up.

Also, check out this essay at Powell's written by Hemingway's grandson Sean, offering his thoughts on his work editing the new A Moveable Feast:

I think that my grandfather would be happier with the text presented in A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition. Lovers of literature the world over will find much of interest from a new text for Feast to a wealth of supplementary material, including a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway and a selection of facsimile manuscript pages that enhance our understanding of this critical period in the author's life and how he wrote.

 
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