Ernest Hemingway devoted a large part of his writing life to nonfiction in the form of newspaper and magazine journalism and especially in the form of five full-length books. His nonfiction, however, is usually taken only as a diversion from the main business of his career, fiction, and examined only for light shed on the fiction. In this study, devoted to Hemingway's nonfiction books, the heart of his effort as a fact writer, the work is considered in its own right as a central part of his achievement. Just as he sought to create permanent fictions, Hemingway sought to shape his nonfiction books into permanent records that would stand side by side with the fiction in his complete works.
Acknowledgements - Introduction: Permanent Records - In Spite of It - All the Dope - One Central Necessity - A First Class Life - This About the Bulls - How Things Truly Were - Notes - Works Consulted - Index