The importance of being Ernest
Ernest Hemingway said, "My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way." And that "best and simplest way," that tough, terse, two-fisted prose, had a profound and lasting influence on American writing. Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and the Nobel Prize for Literature the very next year. His books are part of our canon, read in schools and colleges, reread and re-appreciated long after graduation, picked up again for book clubs. Now, his major novels are being recorded by some of the best readers in the business. In fact, you could think of the next six months as "All Hemingway, All the Time." The first three titles, available now from Simon & Schuster Audio, include the biggiesA Farewell to Arms, read by John Slattery; For Whom the Bell Tolls, read by Campbell Scott; and The Old Man and the Sea, read by Donald Sutherland. Seven more will be released in the coming months and all will be available by January 2007. Hearing Hemingway is a treat, his bold immediacy heightened by these strong voices. I can honestly say, with a stylistic nod and a thank you to Papa, I listened and it was good.