Books: The Last Days

PAPA HEMINGWAY by A. E. Hotchner, 304 pages, Random House. $5.95.

In an acerbic legal dustup, Ernest Hemingway's widow Mary tried in vain to enjoin publication of this book, contended that A. E. Hotchner had appropriated literary material that rightfully belonged to her as Hemingway's beneficiary, and accused Hotchner of "shameless penetration into my private life and the usurpation of it for money" (TIME, Feb. 11). Hotchner certainly will make money from this book: serialization rights were sold to the Saturday Evening Post for about $50,000, it is a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and, with 60,000 copies in print, it is clearly destined...

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