For many of us getting to the classics was a long journey, first developing the zeal and then at last the time! I discovered the works of Ernest Hemingway later in life, long after the corporate mountains were climbed and descended and children raised and sent off to college. Looking back, I am glad that my sojourn arrived then because I think my mind was much more receptive , and appreciative.
Life experience elevates the enjoyment of so many great writers, broadening perspective and understanding. Now at the right time and place I was ready to consume For Whom the Bell Tolls, Death in the Afternoon, A Moveable Feast, The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea, and A Farewell to Arms.
Now, what does Hadley by Gioia Diliberto have to do with this? I wish I had read it first! Hadley is a marvelous biography of Hemingwey’s first wife Hadley Richardson . For those who are reading Hemingway for the first time, Hadley is an excellent introduction and a must read. It is Diliberto’s gift to the Hemingway reader offering deep insight into his mind, personality, relationships and lifestyle. In the pages of Hadley you will see The Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast evolving in Hadley and Hemingway’s love story and their life together and apart. If you have not already begun your Hemingway journey take my suggestion and read Hadley first then move quickly on to the main course!