Books: Ernest, Good and Bad

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: A LIFE STORY by Carlos Baker. 697 pages. Scribner. $10.

THE orthodox literary theory has been that there were two Hemingways: Ernest the Good and Ernest the Bad. Ernest the Good lived above a sawmill in Paris and worked night and day to become the best writer of his generation. With the help of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and the King James Bible, Ernest the Good learned to write books so true that, by his own definition, "after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you...

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