Several months ago on this blog I posted a review of Hadley by Gioia Diliberto. ( Biography blog archives February 11) Hadley is a wonderful biography of Hemingway’s first wife and their early life together including their move to Paris in 1921. Woody Allen may well have read the book before writing Midnight in Paris the newly released movie receiving rave reviews, including mine! I saw it this week and it is a wonderful movie, even better having read Hadley first! The irony is that Hadley Hemingway does not appear in the film but the scenario set by Deliberto in her book makes the movie all the more impactful. All the characters are there, Ernest , LuTrec, Gertrude Stein, Picasso , T.S. Eliot, et al!
Another book on Hadley Hemingway which I have not read as yet, The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, is also appearing on best seller lists and receiving good reviews. Hadley Hemingway is receiving much attention from both the new book by McLain and from Midnight in Paris . In the past week it has topped all hits on this blog! Not bad for a book published in 1992!
Personally, I am delighted to have read Hadley before seeing Midnight in Paris because it set the scene for the movie’s Moveable Feast, in a sense reincarnated in the Woody Allen film. I am sure that reading The Paris Wife would work in the same manner. It is a Hemingway renaissance! Enjoy the new but if you have not already done so, please go back to the originals! There lies the prose including a wonderful lines by Hemingway in the movie that begs you to read or re-read The Sun Also Rises and For Whom The Bell Tolls!