“Linda Wagner-Martin’s excellent biography shows how Hemingway’s life and work was roiled by a series of personal, psychological, and political conflicts. You feel confident that she knows more about her subject than almost anyone else.”—Scott Donaldson, author of Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald: The Rise and Fall of a Literary Friendship
“This magisterial study is at once a focused biography of the author, a sensitive reading of his most important works, and a respectful survey of the relevant criticism. Readers of it will take away a renewed understanding of Hemingway as dedicated artist.”—Frederic Svoboda, author of Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden
“This is the most important book about Hemingway in the last 25-30 years, maybe, ever, to my way of thinking about him. This book definitively documents the centrality of war for Hemingway’s work.”—James Meredith, former president of The Ernest Hemingway Foundation
“Exploring Hemingway’s adult life and his literary work through the very focused and significant lens of the idea of war, it’s a book whose spine will be well-worn from pulling it off my shelf for reference.”—Alex Vernon, author of Hemingway’s Second War: Bearing Witness to the Spanish Civil War
Linda Wagner-Martin has written or edited more than sixty books including Ernest Hemingway, A Literary Life. She is Frank Borden Hanes Professor Emerita at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a winner of the Jay B. Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement.