- 出版社: Scribner; 1st Touchstone Ed (1999年7月6日)
- 平装: 160页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0684854295
- 条形码: 9780684854298
- 商品尺寸: 14 x 1 x 21.4 cm
- 商品重量: 118 g
- ASIN: 0684854295
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Ernest Hemingway on Writing 平装 – 1999年7月6日
Throughout Ernest Hemingway's career as a writer, says Larry W. Phillips in his introduction to Ernest Hemingway on Writing, "he maintained that it was bad luck to talk about writing." Hemingway seems to have courted bad luck. Phillips has amassed a slender book's worth of Hemingway's reflections on writing, culled from letters, books, interviews, speeches, and an unpublished manuscript. These musings are arranged into topics such as "Advice to Writers," "Working Habits," and "Obscenity" (of which there is plenty here). Sometimes ponderous, other times offhand, these thoughts form a portrait of a man driven to create not solely the best writing he could, but the best writing, period. Hemingway craved exactness, both in his work and in the work of others; he strove to make every word necessary. "Eschew the monumental," he wrote to Maxwell Perkins in 1932. "Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones." His aim? Mere perfection. "I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit," he confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934. "I try to put the shit in the wastebasket." --Jane Steinberg
Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer in the twentieth century, and for his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Ernest Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. As part of the expatriate community in 1920s Paris, the former journalist and World War I ambulance driver began a career that led to international fame. He covered the Spanish Civil War, portraying it in fiction in his brilliant novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, and he subsequently covered World War II. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. He died in 1961.
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I had read many of these passages in Hem's other works: A Moveable Feast and the letters quoted in Michael Reynold's multi-volume biography of the writer. This collection brings in some highly insightful passages from the writer's journalism and unpublished correspondence. Hemingway's comments on professional critics are highly entertaining and offer catharsis for the would-be or younger writer.
Ultimately, I simply wanted more. Ten dollars for a short read--while packed with insight--is a lot for a small book. I highly recommend it for anyone unfamiliar with Hemingway's personal views on the craft of writing.
This is essentially a collection of his thoughts on writing gathered from interviews and letters. The editors obviously took a long, painstaking process of putting everything together, and it has quickly become something I am going to treasure.
My reaction to John Gardner's On Writing was traumatizing fear that I wasn't good enough. Stephen King's On Writing is great, except it gave me an unrealistic expectation that if I can't write an award-winning novel like Carrie, then I may as well not try at all. However, this book just inspires me. Plain and simple. I also love the fact that since it's broken up into little quotes, I don't have to waste a lot of time reading it, and get back to actually writing.
Hemingway and Steinbeck are two of my favourite writers. They are exceptional.
I'd recommend this book to any aspiring writer who just wants to enjoy what one outstanding man had to say about the craft and learn a lot, while gaining a valuable insight into one of the 20th century's greatest authors.