The first book to collect the Nobel Prize winning author’s writing about one of his greatest passions.
What did I know best that I had not written about and lost? What did I know about truly and care for the most? There was no choice at all. —Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast, on starting to write about fishing
Throughout his life, Ernest Hemingway was an avid fisherman. He fished the lakes and creeks near the family’s summer home at Walloon Lake, Michigan, and his first stories and reportage were often about his favorite sport. Here, collected for the first time in one volume, are all of his great writings about the many kinds of fishing he did—from trout in the rivers of northern Michigan to marlin in the Gulf Stream.
In A Moveable Feast, Hemingway speaks of sitting in a café in Paris and writing about what he knew best—and when it came time to stop he “did not want to leave the river”; the story was the unforgettable classic, Big Two-Hearted River, and from its first words we do not want to leave the river either. He also wrote articles for the Toronto Star on fishing in Canada and Europe and, later, articles for Esquire about his growing passion for big-game fishing. His last books, The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream, celebrate his vast knowledge of the ocean and his affection for its great denizens.
Hemingway on Fishing is a full, diverse, and fascinating collection of the great novelist’s writing about fishing. From the early Nick Adams stories and the memorable chapters on fishing the Irati River in The Sun Also Rises to such late novels as Islands in the Stream, this collection traces the evolution of a great writer’s passion; the range of his interests; and the sure uses he made of fishing, transforming it into the stuff of great literature.
So, it's no surprise that much of his work was devoted to his favorite sport, from his early reportage in The Toronto Star to one of his last novels, The Old Man and the Sea.
Anglers and lovers of great writing alike will welcome this important collection. Edited and with an introduction by Nick Lyons.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:
"This marvelous volume offers Hemingway's best writing involving fishing gleaned from his fiction and nonfiction...Hemingway on Fishing is a trophy-sized catch to enjoy in and out of season, so grab yourself a cold one, get comfortable, and go fishing with Papa!" --Library Journal
"He wrote beautifully about fishing...It is wonderful to see the good stuff again and to be reminded of just how good it was." --American Way
"Nick Lyons...deserves considerable credit for bringing together in one volume Hemingway's best writing on fishing. It is what Hemingway loved most." --Chicago Tribune
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He is one of the towering authors of the twentieth century.
Nick Lyons, formerly Professor of American Literature at Hunter College, has written extensively about fishing. He lives in New York City.