Hemingway in love and war : the lost diary of Agnes von Kurowsky, her letters & correspondence of Ernest Hemingway /
[edited by] Henry Serrano Villard, James Nagel.
Boston : Northeastern University Press, 1989.
xiv, 303 p. : ill.
1555530575 (alk. paper) :
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Boston : Northeastern University Press, 1989.
1555530575 (alk. paper) :
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-04:
This fascinating volume will prove useful to Hemingway scholars and interesting to the general reader. Benefiting from the collaboration of Henry Villard, who was hospitalized with Hemingway during WW I, and James Nagel, a Hemingway authority, it yields valuable new information about the war wounds and subsequent hospital experiences that formed much of the biographical basis of A Farewell to Arms. The book comprises a memoir by Villard about his own experiences as a Red Cross ambulance driver in Italy, the hitherto unpublished diary of Agnes von Kurowsky (the prototype for Catherine Barkley), 52 letters from Von Kurowsky to Hemingway (8, including the famous "Dear John," published for the first time), correspondence from Hemingway in Italy to his family, photographs, and even X-rays of Hemingway's wounded legs. Nagel concludes with a long essay assessing the significance of this material. Providing as it does so much previously unavailable biographical information plus background and interpretation helpful in illuminating its place in Hemingway studies, this welcome book deserves a place in every academic and public library. Notes; index provided. B. H. Leeds Central Connecticut State University
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1989-09-15:
This collaborative volume, which sorts out the facts behind A Farewell to Arms , contains the ``emotionally restricted'' diary of von Kurowsky, the American nurse with whom Hemingway fell in love in a Milan hospital in 1918; her effusively affectionate and concerned 52 letters to him; 14 of his idealistic letters to his family, which disclose a good deal about his forceful, exuberant personality; and hospital reminiscences by Villard, one of his fellow-patients. In a detailed study, Nagel, English professor at Northeastern, discusses how Hemingway's romanticized Farewell differs from his actual experiences. The material assembled here, most of which has not been previously published, contradicts the assertions of Hemingway's major biographers about his military service and war wounds. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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