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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.

Robert Wheeler fondly recalls time spent with his daughters along Boston’s Freedom Trail, from pushing a stroller, to walking hand-in-hand. The rich and fascinating stories evoked by each historic site, as well as the exceptional charm of Boston’s quaint city streets, shops, and restaurants, lured him back again and again, inspiring this sensory and absorbing book. Robert is also the author of Hemingway’s Paris: A Writer’s City in Words and Images and Hemingway’s Havana: A Reflection of the Writer’s Life in Cuba. He lives near the sea in New Castle, New Hampshire, with his wife, Meme.

*Booklist Starred Review* “This achingly effective book is an album of crisp, evocative black-and-white photographs of locations in Paris that speak to some aspect of Hemingway’s time there. Accompanying—and amply informative—captions link Hemingway’s Parisian experiences to the photos of the haunts and hangouts, the landmarks and public spaces, that, if marble edifices and green spaces and hallowed café walls could talk, would tell their side of how Hemingway lived and loved and was altered in outlook by his enviable sojourn there.” —Brad Hooper, Booklist

“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

“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

“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 Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University

“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

“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

“If you’re interested in Hemingway or Paris, this book is a must read.” —Sun Also Rises (Blog)

*Booklist Starred Review* “This achingly effective book is an album of crisp, evocative black-and-white photographs of locations in Paris that speak to some aspect of Hemingway’s time there. Accompanying—and amply informative—captions link Hemingway’s Parisian experiences to the photos of the haunts and hangouts, the landmarks and public spaces, that, if marble edifices and green spaces and hallowed café walls could talk, would tell their side of how Hemingway lived and loved and was altered in outlook by his enviable sojourn there.” —Brad Hooper, Booklist

“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

“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

“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 Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University

“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

“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

“If you’re interested in Hemingway or Paris, this book is a must read.” —Sun Also Rises (Blog)

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