The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, Volume II: The Paris Years
In 2011, Cambridge University Press published the first volume of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway: 1907-1922. This volume followed Hemingway’s personal thoughts through his youth, his years during World War I and his arrival in Paris. The Letters of Ernest Hemingway Volume II: 1923-1925, which has just been published, follows Hemingway as an expatriate in early 1920s Paris. Although Volume I is an insightful glimpse into Hemingway pre-fame, Volume II proves fascinating for his encounters and friendships with Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Beach, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and neglected Jazz Age writer John Dos Passos. The volume features previously unpublished letters, along with one of Hemingway’s sketches which was rejected by Vanity Fair magazine. Although nothing has been confirmed, it is expected that a third volume (or possibly more) will be published by Cambridge, detailing more of Hemingway’s letters from his later years, which prove equally extensive and illuminating.
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