The new issue of The Hemingway Review has been published. This issue begins with a remarkable front cover, featuring an image from a booklet entitled “Don Ernesto en Pamplona” by Waldo Peirce. The painter drafted this booklet after his memorable trip to Pamplona with Hemingway in 1927. The image accompanies an article by world-renown biographer and Hemingway scholar, Scott Donaldson, which explores Hemingway’s trips to the Pamplona fiesta in 1924 and 1927. Donaldson examines important biographical changes between the trips, most notably his divorce from Hadley Richardson and his marriage to Pauline Pfeiffer. Donaldson was inspired to write this piece by Donald Pizer’s “note” published in The Hemingway Review last year on John Dos Passos’s watercolor of Hemingway rescuing an injured Donald Ogden Stewart at an amateur bullfight during the 1924 Pamplona fiesta. I am honored to have Donaldson’s work in the Review, and pleased that there is an on-going exploration of visual representations of Hemingway in Pamplona unfolding in our pages.
I am also extremely pleased to feature the 2016 PEN/Hemingway Keynote Address by James Wood, one of the most important and insightful literary critics of our time. Wood, who is a staff writer at The New Yorker and former chief literary critic at The Guardian in London, contemplates the often-intangible goals of deep and sustained reading in an age of distraction. This wonderful essay will appear in The Guardian a few months after being published in The Hemingway Review. I am grateful to Mr. Wood for that consideration.
These two pieces are just the start of a strong and varied Fall issue. Two of the pieces featured typify traditional literary scholarship. Daniel Train, a graduate student at Duke University, extends discussions of authorship, authority, and identity in Hemingway’s posthumously published The Garden of Eden by offering a study of “reading” and the politics of reception within the novel. Julieann Ulin addresses issues of the tension between art and economics in the under-appreciated Islands in the Stream.
Two other essays present a more personal side of Hemingway. Selma Karayalçin writes an essay about Hemingway’s African plane crashes and rescues based on an interview with the son of the captain whose launch picked up Ernest and Mary Hemingway after the second plane crash. Anton Nilsson tracks Hemingway’s political evolution from an anti- to a pro- war posture during the Spanish Civil War. The work by Karayalçin, who is Turkish, and Nilsson, who is Swedish, also demonstrates The Hemingway Review’s commitment to international Hemingway scholarship.
The issue also includes one “note” by John Beall, who uses the Hemingway Letters Project (Cambridge UP) and manuscripts from the Hemingway Collection at the J. F. K. Presidential Library in Boston to track the artistic collaboration between Perkins and Hemingway during the formation of Men Without Women.
We hope you enjoy the issue. Warmest wisher for this holiday season!