History

Hemingway

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explore the life and work of the legendary writer and his enduring influence on literature and culture.

The Blank Page (1944-1961)

1h 44m

Hemingway follows the Army as they advance through Europe. Afterwards, he tries to start a life with Mary Welsh, but is beset with tragedies. He publishes The Old Man and the Sea to acclaim but is overcome by his declining mental condition.

Episodes

  • The Blank Page (1944-1961): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Blank Page (1944-1961)

    S1 E3 - 1h 44m

    Hemingway follows the Army as they advance through Europe. Afterwards, he tries to start a life with Mary Welsh, but is beset with tragedies. He publishes The Old Man and the Sea to acclaim but is overcome by his declining mental condition.

  • The Avatar (1929-1944): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Avatar (1929-1944)

    S1 E2 - 1h 46m

    Hemingway, having achieved a level of fame rarely seen in the literary world, settles in Key West with Pauline Pfeiffer but can’t stay put for long. He reports on the Spanish Civil War and begins a tempestuous romance with Martha Gellhorn.

  • A Writer (1899-1929): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Writer (1899-1929)

    S1 E1 - 1h 55m

    Hemingway, yearning for adventure, volunteers for the Red Cross during World War I. He marries Hadley Richardson and moves to Paris, publishes The Sun Also Rises and finds critical and commercial success with his second novel, A Farewell to Arms.

  • Spanish Version | The Blank Page (1944-1961): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Spanish Version | The Blank Page (1944-1961)

    S1 E6 - 1h 44m

    Hemingway intenta iniciar una vida con Mary Welsh, pero se ve envuelto en tragedias. Hemingway publica "El viejo y el mar", pero se ve superado por el deterioro de su estado mental.

  • Spanish Version | A Writer (1899-1929): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Spanish Version | A Writer (1899-1929)

    S1 E4 - 1h 55m

    Hemingway se ofrece como voluntario para la Cruz Roja durante la Primera Guerra Mundial. Después de mudarse a París, Hemingway tiene éxito con su segunda novela, "Adiós a las armas".

Extras + Features

  • The Beginnings of Ernest Hemingway's Marriage to Mary Welsh: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Beginnings of Ernest Hemingway's Marriage to Mary Welsh

    S1 E3 - 4m 17s

    In 1944, Ernest Hemingway met Time and Life correspondent Mary Welsh while in London to cover the Allied invasion of France for Collier's. Mary would eventually move to Cuba to be with him, living in the Finca, which he had once shared with previous wife Martha Gellhorn prior to their separation during the war. The pair wed in 1946, but their marriage would be turbulent in the years following.

  • Hemingway's 'The Old Man and the Sea': asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hemingway's 'The Old Man and the Sea'

    S1 E3 - 8m 4s

    Writers and literary scholars share their thoughts on Ernest Hemingway's book "The Old Man and the Sea." The novel, which was first appeared in "Life" magazine, would remain on the best-seller list for 26 weeks following its publishing, and is still praised by many today.

  • Ernest Hemingway and Mary Welsh Survive Two Plane Crashes: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ernest Hemingway and Mary Welsh Survive Two Plane Crashes

    S1 E3 - 3m 7s

    In the summer of 1953, Ernest and Mary were involved in two plane crashes in two days while in Africa. Following the first accident, word had spread that the writer died, many publications prematurely publishing his obituary before the couple finally arrived at their destination of Entebbe. Though both were injured, Hemingway suffered yet another traumatic brain injury with a fractured skull.

  • Mastering the Art of Nonfiction: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mastering the Art of Nonfiction

    S1 E2 - 3m 38s

    Referring to himself as "Papa," Ernest Hemingway strived to be an expert on everything. This desire to be knowledgeable on all subjects was often reflected in his writing, especially as he sought to master nonfiction and hoped to pass forward his learnings to others. Studying Hemingway as a young writer, novelist Ralph Ellison once learned how to lead a bird from a hunting description in his work.

  • After Deadly Hurricane, Hemingway Asks: Who Killed the Vets?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    After Deadly Hurricane, Hemingway Asks: Who Killed the Vets?

    S1 E2 - 4m 21s

    In 1935, a hurricane hit Florida killing more than 400 people, including 259 homeless veterans of WWI. Hemingway, whose peers denounced him during the Great Depression for his refusal to declare solidarity with the working class, admonished the Roosevelt administration in "New Masses" magazine for its role in sending veterans south to build highway bridges to bring visitors to the Florida Keys.

  • Hemingway's Call to Action During the Spanish Civil War: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hemingway's Call to Action During the Spanish Civil War

    S1 E2 - 3m 4s

    As another war in Europe loomed with Adolf Hitler's rise and the spread of fascism, Hemingway told readers of "Esquire" that America shouldn't get involved. Yet when Spain found itself in the midst of civil war and fascist Francisco Franco, with the aid of Hitler and Benito Mussolini, worked to overthrow the socialist government, the author felt called to return to the country he loved.

  • Hemingway's Front Seat to the Spanish Civil War: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hemingway's Front Seat to the Spanish Civil War

    S1 E2 - 3m 55s

    Ernest Hemingway returned to Spain to cover the civil war for the North American Newspaper Alliance, reporting alongside Collier's writer Martha Gellhorn. Beginning a three-year affair, the two stayed at the Hotel Florida, where other correspondents also resided to witness the events, despite its close proximity to a Loyalist communications center, making it an unintended target of enemy shells.

  • Hemingway's Home in Cuba, the Finca Vigía: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hemingway's Home in Cuba, the Finca Vigía

    S1 E2 - 1m 56s

    In the spring of 1939, Ernest Hemingway returned to Havana, Cuba where Martha Gellhorn would later join him. Martha rented the Finca Vigía, a 10-acre property outside the city where they could live together, which Hemingway would eventually buy and would become his home for the next two decades.

  • The End of Ernest and Pauline Hemingway's Marriage: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The End of Ernest and Pauline Hemingway's Marriage

    S1 E2 - 2m 58s

    After Ernest Hemingway's relationship with Martha Gellhorn came to light and the two began to openly live together in Cuba, Pauline Hemingway did what she could to try to save her 13-year marriage with her husband. Yet despite her reluctance to grant him a divorce, on September 3, 1939, Hemingway told Pauline he was leaving her.

  • Sen. John McCain on His Hero from 'For Whom the Bell Tolls': asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Sen. John McCain on His Hero from 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'

    S1 E2 - 2m 45s

    Published in the fall of 1940 at the end of the Spanish Civil War, Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" follows character Robert Jordan, a young American college instructor, in his fight against fascism. Senator John McCain discusses the profound impact the novel and its hero had on him.

  • How Hemingway's Childhood Sparked a Love of Nature, Writing: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Hemingway's Childhood Sparked a Love of Nature, Writing

    S1 E1 - 3m 55s

    Often fishing and hunting with his father as a young boy, Ernest Hemingway fostered a love for the great outdoors and hoped to become a naturalist like his hero Theodore Roosevelt. As a teenager, he was a passionate reader and took up writing at his school's literary magazine. His mother encouraged him to practice his art, helping form the strict writers' discipline he maintained into adulthood.

  • Hemingway's WWI Service: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hemingway's WWI Service

    S1 E1 - 3m 25s

    During WWI, Ernest Hemingway joined the Red Cross Ambulance Service where he was sent to Italy, helping to gather the dead and tend to wounded soldiers. On July 8, 1918, while volunteering to pass out chocolate bars to men at a forward listening post, he was caught in the blast of an enemy mortar shell, injured by over 220 pieces of shrapnel, and was subsequently shot by an enemy machine gunner.

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