Hemingway's Paris: A Writer's City in Words and Images
Walk through the Streets of Paris with Ernest Hemingway. In gorgeous black and white images, Hemingway's Paris depicts a story of remarkable passion--for a city, a woman, and a time. No other city in any of his travels was as significant, professionally or emotionally, as was Paris. And it remains there, all of the complexity, beauty, and intrigue that Hemingway described in the pages of so much of his work. It is all still there for the reader and traveler to experience--the history, the streets, and the city. Restaurants, hotels, homes, sites and favorite bars are all detailed here. The ninety-five black and white photographs in Hemingway's Paris are of the highest caliber. The accompanying text reveals Wheeler's deep understanding of the man; his torment, talent, obstacles and the places of refuge needed to nurture one of the preeminent writers of the twentieth century. Moved by the humanistic writing of the man--a writer capable of transcending his readers to foreign settings and into the hearts and minds of his protagonists--Wheeler was inspired to travel throughout France, Italy, Spain, Africa, and Cuba, where he has sought to gain insight into the motivation behind Hemingway's books and short stories. As a teacher, lecturer, and photojournalist, he set out to capture and interpret the Paris that Ernest Hemingway experienced in the first part of the century. Through his journal and photographs, Wheeler portrays the intimate connection Hemingway had with the woman he never stopped loving, Hadley, and with the city he loved most, Paris.
"Wheeler's photographs of Hemingway's Paris are a gritty illustration of what Perkins saw in Hemingway's writing." --Jenny Phillips, grand-daughter of Hemingway's longtime editor, Maxwell Perkins "This book evokes not only the beauty of Paris but especially of Hemingway's remembrance of the early Paris years and his formation as a modernist writer. The exquisite photography and the evocative beauty of the prose bring out the very best of what Paris has to offer: past, present, and, forever, the future. Read this book and savor Hemingway's city." --James Meredith, President, The Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society "In this photographic tribute to Ernest Hemingway, Robert Wheeler uses his unerring eye and masterly vision to bring us Paris, city of literature and romance, in a unique and charming way. Inspired by A Moveable Feast, the crisp black-and-white images and accompanying narrative give us an original insight into both beloved city and renowned author. A delightful experience!" --Valerie Hemingway, Author of Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways "Countless writers have channeled Hemingway in the years since The Sun Also Rises first appeared, not many of them successfully. Hemingway's Paris also aspires to achieve the master's legendary fourth, or even fifth, dimension -- not with prose alone, but with images too, working hand-in-glove. Is it ambitious? Yes. Does it work? Absolutely." --J. Michael Welton, The Huffington Post "If you're interested in Hemingway or Paris, this book is a must read." --Sun Also Rises (Blog) "By showing us the Paris that Hemingway saw, walked through, and loved, Robert Wheeler gives us a more complete picture than we have had of this legendary and complicated American writer." --Henry Louise Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University
Robert Wheeler has been a Hemingway enthusiast since reading his first Hemingway novel in 1986. For the past ten years, he has been a professor at Southern New Hampshire University where he teaches courses in writing and on Hemingway. He was the recipient of the coveted Excellence in Teaching Award for 2006. He lives in New Castle, New Hampshire with his wife, Meme, and daughters, Emma and Helen.