Hemingway Symposium: Brewster Chamberlin. "Fact and Fiction in the Hemingway Industry"
Given the over-crowded situation caused by the publication of uncountable books and articles about Ernest Hemingway, so many in the last 50 or so years that no sane person could possibly read and digest all of them, this presentation will confine itself to discussing some of the earlier and some of the more recent publications which deal with biography rather than literary criticism (known in the trade as “lit-crit”).The emphasis will be on the attempt to separate fact from fiction in these disparate biographical studies and memoirs. Because so much ink has been spilled on the image of Hemingway as the grand macho fishing and hunting fanatic, his alcoholism, his braggadocio in making up tales about his own life, and the often mendacious responses by his friends and enemies to these aspects of his life, it is time to consider, at least make an attempt to determine which are facts and which fictions. He is, after all, one of the great American writers of the 20th century. About Brewster Chamberlin Brewster Chamberlin is the author of several books, including a novel, memoir, travelogues, short stories, essays and poetry. During a lengthy career as a professor and archivist he also authored and coauthored numerous books and articles on 20th century European history. He is currently working on a series of novels set in Berlin during the first half of the 20th century. Chamberlin lives in Key West, Florida, where he serves as research associate at the Key West Art and Historical Society. He recently served on the boards of the Friends of the Key West Library and the Durrell School of Corfu, Greece, named after the brothers Lawrence and Gerald Durrell.