Ernest Hemingway Panel: 2017 National Book Festival

Ernest Hemingway Panel: 2017 National Book Festival

Mary Dearborn presents “Ernest Hemingway: A Biography,” Paul Hendrickson presents “Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost,” and Nicholas Reynolds presents “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961” in a panel discussion on Ernest Hemingway at the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Biography: Mary Dearborn is a biographer and the author of seven books. She was a Mellon Fellow in the humanities at Columbia University, where she received her doctorate in English and comparative literature in 1984. Her biographies mainly focus on modern historical figures of the literary and arts world, and some of her more recent biographies include “Mistress of Modernism: The Life of Peggy Guggenheim” and “Mailer: A Biography.” Her most recent biography, “Ernest Hemingway: A Biography,” uses previously unseen sources and is the first comprehensive biography of Hemingway to be published in more than 15 years.

Speaker Biography: Paul Hendrickson, a prize-winning feature writer for The Washington Post for more than 20 years, now teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of “Seminary: A Search,” “Looking for the Light: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott” and “The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War.” He has most recently turned his attention to Ernest Hemingway’s life from the time when he was at the pinnacle of success until his death by suicide. “Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost” changes the way this Nobel Prize winner is perceived and understood.

Speaker Biography: Nicholas Reynolds is a historian of modern military history and intelligence. He received his doctorate in history from Oxford University and then joined the Marine Corps in the 1970s, serving as an infantry officer and then as a historian. As a colonel in the reserves, he eventually became officer in charge of field history. When not on duty with the Marine Corps, he served as a CIA officer, most recently as the historian for the CIA Museum. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor for Johns Hopkins University. Prompted by clues he uncovered as historian for the CIA Museum, his book “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961” details the strength of Hemingway’s relationship with espionage and the role it played in his literary work.

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