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Cambridge University Press
10 December 2015
Biography; Diaries, letters & journals; Literary studies: from c 1900 -; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, Volume 3: 1926-1929, featuring many previously unpublished letters, follows a rising star as he emerges from the literary Left Bank of Paris and moves into the American mainstream. Maxwell Perkins, legendary editor at Scribner's, nurtured the young Hemingway's talent, accepting his satirical novel Torrents of Spring (1926) in order to publish what would become a signature work of the twentieth century: The Sun Also Rises (1926). By early 1929 Hemingway had completed A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway's letters of this period also reflect landmark events in his personal life, including the dissolution of his first marriage, his remarriage, the birth of his second son, and the suicide of his father. As the volume ends in April 1929, Hemingway is setting off from Key West to return to Paris and standing on the cusp of celebrity as one of the major writers of his time.
By:   Ernest Hemingway
Edited by:   Rena Sanderson (Boise State University Idaho), Sandra Spanier (Pennsylvania State University), Robert W. Trogdon (Kent State University, Ohio)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   3
Dimensions:   Height: 237mm,  Width: 164mm,  Spine: 48mm
Weight:   1.320kg
ISBN:   9780521897358
ISBN 10:   0521897351
Series:   The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway
Pages:   750
Publication Date:   10 December 2015
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rena Sanderson is Associate Professor Emerita of English at Boise State University. She served on the board of the Hemingway Society and Foundation and directed two Hemingway Conferences. Her works on Hemingway include Blowing the Bridge: Essays on Hemingway and For Whom the Bell Tolls (1992), Hemingway's Italy: New Perspectives (2006), and essays in The Cambridge Companion to Hemingway (1996) and in Hemingway and Women: Female Critics and the Female Voice (2002). Sandra Spanier, Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, is General Editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway and is co-editor of its first two volumes. Some of her publications include Kay Boyle: A Twentieth-Century Life in Letters (2015) and Martha Gellhorn and Virginia Cowles' rediscovered play Love Goes to Press (1995; revised edition, 2010). Her most recent essay on Hemingway appeared in Ernest Hemingway in Context (2013), and she serves on the editorial board of The Hemingway Review. Robert W. Trogdon is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Kent State University. He is co-editor for Volumes 1 and 2 of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway. He is author of The Lousy Racket: Hemingway, Scribners and the Business of Literature (2007) and editor of Ernest Hemingway: A Literary Reference (2002). He has served as a member of the board of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society.

Reviews for The Letters of Ernest Hemingway: Volume 3, 1926-1929

'Reading Hemingway's letters is to go back in time by stepping into the fascinating world of a revolutionary wordsmith; a voyage through decades to the very moments when literature was taking a sudden bend in the road; a shift that was being steered by the father of modern literature. Indeed, the value of these letters cannot be overstated.' Nick Mafi, Esquire 'Scholars will be deeply absorbed; general readers will find enjoyment and enlightenment.' Steve Paul, Booklist 'Away from the chisel work of his early fiction ... the letters show Hemingway at play in figurative language, humour, meandering sentences and desultory subjects.' Naomi Wood, Literary Review


  • Short-listed for PROSE Award for Literature 2016
  • Short-listed for PROSE Awards: Literature 2016
  • Shortlisted for PROSE Awards: Literature 2016.

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