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Hemingway lives!



Original Language: English | 160 pp | May 2013

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The English arts & culture magazine Dazed has named Hemingway Lives! the literary book of the week!

LITERARY BOOK OF THE WEEK: Hemingway Lives! – Clancy Sigal [OR Books]

The poet Wallace Stevens once punched Ernest Hemingway in the face and, so the story goes, broke his hand on Hem’s mighty jaw. If that’s not a case for ‘Why reading Ernest Hemingway matters today’ then I really don’t know what is, but Sigal’s book has a few other reasons if you still need them. This one’s a must have for fans of shagging, fighting and literature. And fans of shagging, fighting literature.


“Sigal … writes with pizzazz and sensitivity.” —from Booklist‘s starred review of A Woman of Uncertain Character

“There hasn’t been anything like it since Grapes of Wrath.” —from the San Francisco Chronicle review of Sigal’s Going Away


With the release of a flurry of feature and TV films about his life and work, and the publication of new books looking at his correspondence, his boat and even his favorite cocktails, Ernest Hemingway is once again center stage of contemporary culture. There’s something about Papa that makes any retirement to the wings only fleeting.

Now, in this concise and sparkling account of the life and work of America’s most storied writer, Clancy Sigal, himself a National Book Award runner-up, presents a persuasive case for the relevance of Ernest Hemingway to readers today.

Sigal breaks new ground in celebrating Hemingway’s passionate and unapologetic political partisanship, his stunningly concise, no-frills writing style, and an attitude to sex and sexuality much more nuanced than he is traditionally credited with. Simply for the pleasure provided by a consummate story teller, Hemingway is as much a must-read author as ever.

Though Hemingway Lives! will provide plenty that’s new for those already familiar with Papa’s oeuvre, including substantial forays into his political commitments, the women in his life, and the astonishing range of his short stories, it assumes no prior knowledge of his work. Those venturing into Hemingway’s writing for the first time will find in Sigal an inspirational and erudite guide.