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16 Books Ernest Hemingway Recommended To A Young Writer In 1934

Arnold Samuelson, a young journalist of only 22 years old , determined and adventurous, embarked on a great journey through his country after finishing his university studies. He packed a couple of necessary things in his backpack, along with his violin, and sold a number of items to a local newspaper to help him set out on the journey. On his return to Minnesota, back in April 1934, he read for the first time a short story by Ernest Hemingway in the Cosmopolitan newspaper . The story in question was titled “A trip to the other side” , which later became part of his novel “Having and not having.”

The young man was so impressed with the reading of the story that he had no choice but to hitchhike on a journey of more than 2,000 miles , just so he could see Hemingway and ask him for advice.

Arnold Samuelson did not have what is called a smooth and easy trip. He went from Florida to Key West by jumping from train to train and stopping at a dock to sleep in the open. The weather, he later recounted, was not exactly good. He also slept in the bull pen of a prison, which he says was infected with mosquitoes. Despite all this, nothing took away his determination and enthusiasm to meet the one who for the moment was his favorite writer, and willingly appeared at the door of his home. Samuelson relates it like this:

The writer asked him what exactly he wanted, to which the young writer replied that he had read his latest story published in Cosmopolitan and that he had been so impressed that he had not been able to avoid going to meet him to chat with him. Hemingway was busy at the time, but with a relaxed and cordial tone he invited him to come over to his house the next day.

The next day they began to chat and when Arnold Samuelson confessed that he did not know how to write fiction , that he had tried without success, Ernest began to advise him:

Ernest Hemingway, among other things, advised the boy against looking at contemporary writers . According to the great writer, it was necessary to compete with the classics, with the now deceased writers , who according to him were the ones who made their works resist the passage of time. The writer invited Arnold to his workshop. He describes his experience in it as follows:

What Ernest Hemingway was writing was a list of 14 novels and 2 stories that he recommended the boy to read. These are the 16 books that Ernest Hemingway recommended to a young writer in 1934:

  1. “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy.
  2. “War and Peace” by Leon Tolstoy.
  3. “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert.
  4. “The Blue Hotel” by Stephen Crane.
  5. “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane.
  6. “Dubliners” by Jame Joyce.
  7. Stendhal’s “Red and Black” .
  8. Somerset Maugham’s “Human Serfdom.”
  9. “The Buddenbrooks” by Thomas Mann.
  10. “Far Away and Long Ago ” by WH Hudson.
  11. “The American” by Henry James.
  12. “Greeting and farewell” (Hail and farewell) by George Moore.
  13. “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
  14. “The Huge Room” by EE Cummings.
  15.  The Oxford Book of English Verse” by Sir Arthur Thomas.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ernest Hemingway On His Birth Anniversary

Considered one of the most important writers of the two world wars, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for “The Old Man and the Sea” and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, he was born on a day like today, in 1899, in Idaho, and He was one of the leading storytellers and novelists of the 20th century.

ERNEST Miller Hemingway was born in Oak Park , Illinois t oda his life was influenced by the writing. He was a journalist and novelist and to his credit he has seven novels, six short stories and two essays. Three novels, four storybooks, and three essays were published posthumously.

But this writer also lived surrounded by unfortunate situations and death was with him until the end, these are some peculiarities of his life that perhaps you did not know.

  1. His father committed suicide in 1928 because of an incurable disease. He did not have a very happy childhood, he is traumatized by an authoritarian mother who dressed him as a child and, later, by a painful experience when he was forced to accompany his father in the difficult delivery of an Indian woman whose husband committed suicide by not being able to bear the screams of his wife.
  2. His first novel and his last novel were his greatest successes.
  3. His son Gregory died in police custody after being picked up in a state of trauma after a sex change operation.
  4. After struggling with depression and poor health for several years, Hemingway shot himself in 1961. He used to tell his friends that he would commit suicide.
  5. The actress, Mariel Hemingway, known for her work in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” is the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway.
  6. In World War II, Hemingway took part in the D-Day invasion as a war correspondent.
  7. Some newspapers mistakenly announced Hemingway’s death in 1950, after the writer was involved in two plane crashes in Africa. The injuries from those accidents left him affected by his mental health for the rest of his life, and his depression would culminate in suicide.
  8. He was wounded on the front lines while serving as a member of the Red Cross. On his return home he would tell all kinds of stories about the war, supported by his wounds and a soldier’s uniform of which he had “stripped someone”.
  9. He did not like to talk about literature and preferred to talk about topics such as sports, women or food.
  10. Since his death until now, his works have continued to appear due to the thousands of manuscript pages that he left unpublished.