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Running with the bulls : my years with the Hemingways

Author: Valerie Hemingway
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"A chance encounter in Spain in 1959 brought young Irish reporter Valerie Danby-Smith face-to-face with Ernest Hemingway. The interview was awkward and brief, but before it ended something had clicked into place. For the next two years, Valerie devoted her life to Hemingway and his wife, Mary, traveling with them through beloved old haunts in Spain and France and living with them during the tumultuous final months  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hemingway, Valerie, 1940-
Running with the bulls.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2004
(OCoLC)644000600
Named Person: Ernest Hemingway; Ernest Hemingway; Mary Welsh Hemingway; Valerie Hemingway; Ernest Hemingway; Valerie Hemingway; Ernest Hemingway; Mary Welsh Hemingway; Valerie Hemingway
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Valerie Hemingway
ISBN: 0345467337 9780345467331 0345467345 9780345467348
OCLC Number: 54865589
Description: xii, 313 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Valerie Hemingway.
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"A chance encounter in Spain in 1959 brought young Irish reporter Valerie Danby-Smith face-to-face with Ernest Hemingway. The interview was awkward and brief, but before it ended something had clicked into place. For the next two years, Valerie devoted her life to Hemingway and his wife, Mary, traveling with them through beloved old haunts in Spain and France and living with them during the tumultuous final months in Cuba. In name a personal secretary, but in reality a confidante and sharer of the great man's secrets and sorrows, Valerie literally came of age in the company of one of the greatest literary lions of the twentieth century." "Five years after his death, Valerie became a Hemingway herself when she married the writer's estranged son Gregory. Now, at last, she tells the story of the incredible years she spent with this extravagantly talented and tragically doomed family." "In Cuba, Valerie spent idyllic days and nights typing the final draft of A Moveable Feast, even as Castro's revolution closed in. After Hemingway shot himself, Valerie returned to Cuba with his widow, Mary, to sort through thousands of manuscript pages and smuggle out priceless works of art. It was at Ernest's funeral that Valerie, then a researcher for Newsweek, met Hemingway's son Gregory - and again a chance encounter drastically altered the course of her life. Their twenty-one-year marriage finally unraveled as Valerie helplessly watched her husband succumb to the demons that had plagued him since childhood." "From lunches with Orson Welles to midnight serenades by mysterious troubadours, from a rooftop encounter with Castro to numbing hospital vigils, Valerie Hemingway played an intimate, indispensable role in the lives of two generations of Hemingways."--BOOK JACKET.

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