National Book Critics Circle Award winner Paul Hendrickson
Hemingway's Boat is a brilliantly conceived and illuminating reconsideration of a key period in the life of Ernest Hemingway that will forever change the way he is perceived
Focusing on the years 1934 to 1961—from Hemingway’s pinnacle as the reigning monarch of American letters until his suicide—Paul Hendrickson traces the writer's exultations and despair around the one constant in his life during this time: his beloved boat, Pilar.
Drawing on previously unpublished material, including interviews with Hemingway's sons, Hendrickson shows that for all the writer's boorishness, depression and alcoholism, and despite his choleric anger, he was capable of remarkable generosity—to struggling writers, to lost souls, to the dying son of a friend. Hemingway's Boat is both stunningly original and deeply gripping, an invaluable contribution to our understanding of this great American writer, published fifty years after his death.
"My theory on book-writing, is that we don't find our books — they find us."
~ Paul Hendrickson
If you would like to learn more, here is a video of Paul Hendrickson speaking at the Chicago Humanities Festival about his book
Here is a New York Times article from 2011.
Paul Hendrickson will be speaking with Senior Editor of Alfred A. Knopf Jonathan Segal at the Bookplate, located at 112 S Cross Street in downtown Chestertown.
The event begins at 7pm and there will be refreshments.
Co-Sponsor for this event is the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College.