Books: Papa's Moveable Treats

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: SELECTED LETTERS, 1917-1961

Edited by Carlos Baker; Scribners; 948pages; $27.50

Hemingway molded his life in his own image before the image makers took over and gave us the Marlboro man of American letters. He played the game when it suited him. When it did not, he was apt to circulate statements like 'While Mr. H. appreciates the publicity attempt to build him into a glamorous personality like Floyd Gibbons or Tom Mix's horse Tony he deprecates it and asks the motion picture people to leave his private life alone."

His letters, which he...

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