Portrait of Hemingway

ISBN-10: 0375754385

ISBN-13: 9780375754388

Edition: N/A

Authors: Lillian Ross

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On May 13, 1950, Lillian Ross's first portrait of Ernest Hemingway was published in The New Yorker. It was an account of two days Hemingway spent in New York in 1949 on his way from Havana to Europe. This candid and affectionate profile was tremendously controversial at the time, to the great surprise of its author. Booklist said, "The piece immediately conveys to the reader the kind of man Hemingway was--hard-hitting, warm, and exuberantly alive." It remains the classic eyewitness account of the legendary writer, and it is reproduced here with the preface Lillian Ross prepared for an edition of Portrait in 1961.          Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899, and to celebrate the centenary of this event, Ms. Ross has written a second portrait of Hemingway for The New Yorker, detailing the friendship the two struck up after the completion of the first piece. It is included here in an amended form. Together, these two works establish the definitive sketch of one of America's greatest writers.
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List price: $15.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/6/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

Lillian Ross was born Lillian Rosovsky in Syracuse, New York on June 8, 1918. She received a bachelor's degree from Hunter College in New York and later did graduate work at Cornell University. Her first job in journalism was as a reporter for the New York tabloid PM. In 1945, she started working for The New Yorker and worked there for more than six decades. Her last writing for the magazine appeared online in 2012 as a blog post about J. D. Salinger. Her last New Yorker article in print was a Talk of the Town piece in 2011 about the comedian and actor Robin Williams. Her article describing John Huston's effort to make a film of The Red Badge of Courage was reprinted as a book entitled Picture in 1952. She wrote several books about journalism including Reporting and Reporting Back: Notes on Journalism. She also wrote a memoir entitled Here but Not Here: A Love Story, which described her 50-year love affair with editor of The New Yorker William Shawn and a collection of her journalism entitled Reporting Always. She died from a stroke on September 20, 2017 at the age of 99.

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