Hemingway and the Mechanism of Fame
Statements, Public Letters, Introductions, Forewords, Prefaces, Blurbs, Reviews, and Endorsements
Hemingway and the Mechanism of Fame by Matthew J. Bruccoli
Book DescriptionA compendium of 103 public statements by Ernest Hemingway celebrating Ernest Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway was famous for being famous. He assiduously cultivated different and sometimes divergent personae - sportsman, soldier, aesthetician, patriot, drinker, womanizer, intellectual, anti-intellectual, sage, brawler, world traveler, war correspondent, big-game hunter, and even author - each chosen to foster his place in the American cultural consciousness and support the sales of his books. In every role he projected the insider's air of authority and expertise that was presumed credible, even when not wholly deserved. His success in these self-legendizing efforts to couple nonliterary celebrity with literary stature is evident in his continued fame among those familiar and unfamiliar with his books. "Hemingway and the Mechanism of Fame" assembles Hemingway's public writings about himself, all framed as documents of support for or criticism of other people and other products. Comprising fifty-four public statements and letters; twenty introductions, forewords, and prefaces; and twenty-nine book blurbs, reviews, and product endorsements, the collection chronicles the means by which Hemingway advanced his own standing through these literary and extraliterary writings. From his commercial endorsements for the Parker 51 pen and Ballantine ale to his Nobel Prize acceptance statement and commentary on President Kennedy's inauguration, Hemingway shows himself to be an expert marketing strategist, infusing each piece with thoughtfully crafted autobiography designed to engage his public and promote his image. Arranged in chronological order and spanning more than forty years, the selections in this volume map the development of Hemingway's most complex, studied, criticized, parodied, and celebrated fictional character: Ernest Hemingway himself.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781570035999
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of South Carolina Press
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Matthew J. Bruccoli
Matthew J. Bruccoli, the Emily Brown Jefferies Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, is the leading authority on the House of Scribner and its authors. He is the editorial director of the Dictionary of Literary Biography and the author or editor of nearly seventy books. Judith S. Baughman is the author of F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Literary Masters series and coeditor of books about Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Wolfe.
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