Legacy Library: Ernest Hemingway

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Member: ErnestHemingway

CollectionsYour library (7,411), Read but unowned (7), All collections (7,418)

Reviews46 reviews

Tagsfiction (2,501), World War II (496), American literature (402), biography (390), poetry (337), memoir (325), British literature (312), travel (306), short stories (284), art (233) — see all tags

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About meI won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for my novel The Old Man and the Sea and the Nobel Prize for Literature the following year.

"I'm always reading books--as many as there are. I ration myself on them so that I'll always be in supply." - from an interview with George Plimpton in The Paris Review, Spring 1958.

"He read everything.... he would have a whole group of books going at one time, eight or ten.... he would put one down and pick up another." - Tillie Arnold, family friend and author of The Idaho Hemingway.

About my libraryBy the time of my death in 1961 I had amassed over seven thousand books in my various homes. The long, long list has been input by my fans on LT, working from Hemingway's Library, the comprehensive list compiled by Dr. James D. Brasch and Dr. Joseph Sigman of McMaster University, and provided online through Boston’s John F. Kennedy Library, here. Also included in my library: the first editions of the books I authored (Drs. Brasch and Sigman note over 200 copies of my own books in my collection, but give no details).

Part of my library at the Finca Vigía.
Photo courtesy of
Darren Barefoot

and a close-up, courtesy Judith Sweet (also an LT member)

For in-depth details on my libraries in Key West and Cuba - and my book obsession - see the introduction to Hemingway's Library.

Tag along on a visit to my home in Key West here, and for a report on the current state of my Cuban library, see Adrian McKinty's article in the London Times, "Any Book in Hemingway's Library, $200".

My reviews of books and writers can be found in Ernest Hemingway On Writing, edited by Larry W. Phillips. Works and page numbers cited with quotes are from the Scribner paperback editions of my works.

A note on my favorite authors: they were added based on the information in Brasch & Sigman's introduction.

GroupsLegacy Libraries

Favorite authorsDante Alighieri, Anton Chekhov, Stephen Crane, John Donne, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Henry Fielding, Gustave Flaubert, Nikolai Gogol, W. H. Hudson, Henry James, James Joyce, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Mann, Frederick Marryat, Andrew Marvell, Guy de Maupassant, George Moore, William Shakespeare, Stendhal, Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev, Mark Twain, Virgil, William Butler Yeats (Shared favorites)


Real nameErnest Hemingway

LocationKetchum, Idaho

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/ErnestHemingway (profile)
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Member sinceJan 4, 2008

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Most happy to see that we share 29 books, especially Rufus and Rose, 1870. Horatio Alger at his best!
Mr. Hemingway, do you have two copies of Nineteen Eighty-Four, or is that an error?
Scribners didn't publish "Islands in the Stream" until after you died, Papa. I wonder just how true the final publication was from your hand-written work? I interviewed Hadley in 1973 at her condo in Winter Haven, Florida, and she told me she didn't believe you really wanted to kill yourself. "There was too much life in him," she said. "He just sat there in the suicide position with his finger on the trigger and his last thought was probably a great surprise that he had put enough pressure on the trigger to set it off." any comments?
do you have Gene Tunney-A man must fight for sale? If so I will buy it.
Greetings! One more cover jpg for you: Way of the Lancer. Cheers, Jerry
Papa -- I am one of the many authors who have been impressed by the clarity and preciseness of your wriitng. Others I have known many authors who began writing trying to capture your style. One actually did it - Michael Shaara in his first novel THE BROKEN PLACE. I have done a thesis study on your style and my conclusion is it is God-given and not produced by any study. Your fifth grade essay on your summer voyage Carlos put into yhour biography shows the same style you wrote with in the Nick Adams stories. Thisw does not detract from the fact that if I had to read any writer for eternity it would be you, and NOT MYSELF, which is saying somethidng, eh:?

By the way: How did you come back from the dead and enter ISLANDS IN THE STREAM into your library. It was published posthumously.
Greetings! FYI, I have added a cover jpg for The History of Nora Beckham by Joseph Stanley Pennell. Cheers!
I'm surprised to learn that from my modest collection I share twenty-two volumes with Mr. Hemingway. I haven't read any of his works, though I recently purchased a relatively early edition of "A Farewell to Arms" (by which I mean it predates my birth by several decades) and it's next on my fiction list.
On Marjorie Morningstar, there are many wirters who keep examples of bad writing. Some find it more instructive than good.
Ooops... I wrote the comment below before learning about LT Legacy. My bad. :)
I'm delighted to discover that we both listed a book authored by a Filipino. But... what is this account supposed to be? Are these books those that you've read? If so, that's terribly interesting. ;)

Mabuhay! [Long live :D]
So far 36 shared~~~ as others have mentioned this is a goad to finishing listing all my books!
Dear Ernest - I love the fact that, as I enter titles, I continue to find books that we both own. The biggest surprise so far? Marjorie Morningstar! Seriously...I almost didn't enter mine because, well, it's Marjorie Morningstar! The last time I picked it up for a reread I couldn't even get halfway through. Whatever are you doing with such a soppy 50's soap opera in your library? Did Herman Wouk send you a copy and you had to keep it on your shelf in case he ever stopped by? Just wondering.
Hi Ernie,
I'm happy that you owned a copy of Dazai Osamu's "Shayo" (The setting Sun). :)
Dear Ernest Hemingway,

Today I discovered you have more books in common with me than any other Dead Person up to now(73) and this number will certainly have grown considerably once my own library will be fully catalogued.
Apparently we share some interests. And I think you are one of the really great authors of the 20th century. That's why I would be very honoured if you would accept to become my friend.
Would you please be so kind as to transmit my thanks to the people who put your considerable library on LT?
Another cover for you! I uploaded a cover for The Secret History of the War by Waverly Root. A caveat that the book is published in two volumes, and I posted the cover for Volume 1. You'll see a small encircled 1 centered toward the bottom of the cover. I also have Volume 2, but wasn't going to bother posting both covers. Let me know if you'd like that one. Cheers!
I've got a couple of more covers for you:

Cast Down the Laurel by Arnold Gingrich and

Congo Song by Stuart Cloete. The Congo Song cover is particularly amazing, as it includes the copy, "Alone in a society of men on the equater, Olga Le Blanc is occupoied by here lovers, her tame gorilla and her own good looks."

I kid you not. I couldn't make that up. Believe it or not, Congo Song is not a farce or parody. I tried reading it once and had to stop after about 100 pages because it was intensely boring. Hard to believe with a title and cover like that, but there you have it. Someday I'll give it another try, just to say I did!
Oltre le dolcezze dell'Harry's Bar

e le tenerezze di Zanzibar

c'era questa strada...

Oltre le illusioni di Timbuctù

e le gambe lunghe di Babalù

c'era questa strada...

Questa strada zitta che vola via

come una farfalla, una nostalgia,

nostalgia al gusto di curaçao...

...Forse un giorno meglio mi spieghero...

ça va?


Sorry, couldn't find the Hemingway-track....
I am delighted to see I share Italo Calvino's The baron in the trees with Hemingway, nontheless!
Oh, I have to admit I haven't read it, yet. But I have read his A Last Lamp Burning, and really enjoyed it. I see that a whopping 7 people here on LT own that one.

How's that after-life going for you so far? ;o)
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