Richard Bradford is Research Professor in English at Ulster University and Visiting Professor at the University of Avignon. He has published over thirty acclaimed books, including a biography of Philip Larkin, which was an Independent Book of the Year; the authorised biography of Alan Sillitoe; a life of Kingsley Amis; and a biography of Kingsley's son, Martin. He has written for the Spectator and the Sunday Times and has been interviewed on his work for various BBC Radio Arts programmes, as well as appearing on the Channel 4 series Writers in their Own Words. His The Importance of Elsewhere, on Larkin the photographer, inspired a BBC TV programme and, most recently, his biography Orwell was given five stars as an 'excellent new biography' by The Telegraph.Ernest Hemingway was an involuntary chameleon, who would shift seamlessly from a self-cultivated image of hero, aesthetic radical, and existential non-conformist to a figure made up at various points of selfishness, hypocrisy, self-delusion, narcissism and arbitrary vindictiveness. Richard Bradford shows that Hemingway's work is by parts erratic and unique because it was tied into these unpredictable, bizarre features of his personality. Impressionism and subjectivity always play some part in the making of literary works. Some authors try to subdue them while others treat them as the essentials of creativity but they endure as a ubiquitous element of all literature. They are the writer's private signature, their authorial fingerprint. In this ground-breaking and intensely revealing new biography, including previously unpublished letters from the Hemingway archives, Richard Bradford reveals how Hemingway all but erased his own existence through a lifetime of invention and delusion, and provides the reader with a completely new understanding of the Hemingway oeuvre.Ground-breaking and intensely revealing examination of the life of the 20th century's most iconic writerList of Plates List of Abbreviations Acknowledgements Introduction 1 The Young Deceiver 2 An American in Paris 3 Key West 4 Conflicts 5 War: With Martha 6 Secrets and Lies 7 Everywhere and Nowhere Epilogue Bibliography IndexA blistering, rollicking, horribly convincing account of a compelling literary monster ... [a] fascinating book.In a new revisionist biography by Richard Bradford, we learn, from his astute analysis of previously unpublished letters from the Hemingway archive that there is indeed a good deal more to know about this 'scrapper intellectual', and 'role player'.Vivid and pugnacious... it will ruffle a few feathers among those wedded to the image of him as all-American literary hero
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Richard Bradford is Research Professor in English at Ulster University and Visiting Professor at the University of Avignon, France. He has published over thirty widely acclaimed books, including biographies of Philip Larkin, Alan Sillitoe, Kingsley Amis, George Orwell and a controversial portraiture of Patricia Highsmith. Bradford has written for The Spectator and The Sunday Times and has appeared on the Channel 4 series In Their Own Words: British Novelists.