In a new biography of Ernest Hemingway, Paul Hendrickson writes, “Ernest Hemingway has been examined by so many scholars and memoirists and respected biographers and hangers-on and pretenders and doctoral students desperate for a dissertation topic that I feel sometimes we have lost all sense of who the man really was.”
With this in mind, Hendrickson still decides to tackle the feat of yet another Hemingway biography. He does so, however, by introducing a new character into the tale, Pilar, Hemingway’s 38-foot seafaring vessel.In an interview with the author for Salon, Kevin Canfield remarks that this new Hemingway bio is therefore as much about Hemingway and it is about his relationship with Pilar thereby giving readers a new look at Hemingway’s life and the evolution of his prose.
Paul Hendrickson. Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961.