July 1, 2016
By Jon Caroulis I discovered my hero when I was 21. He is Max Perkins, one of America's greatest literary editors and the subject of the new film Genius . I was an aspiring writer of nonfiction, and possibly fiction, when I read a wonderful biography of Perkins by A. Scott Berg, which is the basis for the movie. Perkins was at Charles Scribner's Sons and was editor to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and many other notable writers. What made him heroic to me, as I read Berg's book, was how determined he was to get Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Wolfe published when his own firm - and many others - had rejected them.
April 24, 2016
COMING THIS WEEK By Steven Rea Comedy Central's Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele star in an action comedy about drug dealers, deadly gangs, and an impossibly cute kitty cat gone missing. R Just in time for the greeting card and floral industries' favorite date, a star-studded ensemble salute to moms everywhere from the director of Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve , Garry "If it's a holiday I can make it into a movie" Marshall. PG-13 Computer-animated sci-fi comedy adventure based on the video-game series about a mechanic and a robot trying to save their galaxy from anihilation.
February 7, 2016 |
The Letters of Ernest Hemingway Volume 3, 1926-1929 Edited by Rena Sanderson, Sandra Spanier, and Robert W. Trogdon Cambridge University Press. 731 pp. $45. Perhaps no 20th-century writer has had a greater influence than Ernest Hemingway. His novels, short stories, and journalism are penetrating and iconic; his personal life, thinly veiled in his fiction, was the stuff of drama and romance. Hemingway was rich, famous, and beloved by millions of readers worldwide.
January 30, 2015 |
Ellen Speiser Katz, 80, an early principal of the Philadelphia School, a progressive private institution, died Sunday, Jan. 25, of Parkinson's disease at her Rittenhouse Square apartment. She was the principal and head of school from 1975 to 1982, first when the school was in a rented space at Rodeph Shalom Congregation on North Broad Street, and then when it moved to its current home at 25th and Lombard Streets. Mrs. Katz previously worked as a public-school teacher, first at South Philadelphia High School and then at Philadelphia High School for Girls, where she was dean of students.
July 29, 2013 |
Too often we overlook the suburbs for the cities in our journeys, and a recent trip to America's heartland highlighted what a mistake that travel philosophy can be. Just 20 minutes west of Chicago lies Oak Park, a Victorian village whose quiet, tree-lined sidewalks belie a curious truth: Oak Park is a serious hotbed of 20th-century artistic Americana. Not one but two American cultural giants, architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway, have some deep Oak Park roots.
May 25, 2012 |
HATFIELDS & McCOYS. 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, History Channel. HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN. 9 p.m. Monday, HBO. "THERE ARE wars and there are wars," muses reporter Martha Gellhorn as she looks back at her long and turbulent life in HBO's "Hemingway & Gellhorn. " No kidding. On Memorial Day, set aside to honor Americans who've lost their lives in their country's service, HBO and the History Channel go head-to-head with less-patriotic war stories featuring combatants who could have saved themselves and everyone around them a load of trouble if they'd only had the sense to get away from each other while the getting was good.
December 7, 2011 |
Howard L. Hannum, 86, of Upper Gwynedd, a professor of English literature at La Salle University for 40 years who wrote a compelling memoir about his combat experiences in World War II, died of cancer Friday, Dec. 2, at home. Dr. Hannum grew up in Germantown and graduated from La Salle College High School. In the summer of 1943, he was sports editor at the Germantown Courier before enlisting in the Army. On Dec. 8, 1944, he landed at Marseilles, and by Dec. 14, he was fighting with an antitank unit in the Ardennes in what would become known as the Battle of the Bulge.
July 18, 1999 |
He strides through our consciousness, the epitome of bravura and self-conscious machismo. His unadorned Anglo-Saxon prose style won him a Nobel Prize and legions of imitators. But his picaresque lifestyle and ebullient persona - the rogue-adventurer ever in search of new wars to fight and women to conquer - secured Ernest Hemingway's place in the American mind. So suggests an engrossing centennial exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery in Washington.
June 20, 1999 |
Nearly four decades ago, early on Sunday, July 2, 1961, in his Ketchum, Idaho, cabin, a physically and emotionally defeated Ernest Hemingway placed a Boss double-barreled shotgun into his mouth and fired twice. He left a widow, three sons, and several unfinished manuscripts, many of which the Nobel laureate deemed unsuitable for publication. This July, the 21st to be precise, is the centennial anniversary of Hemingway's birth, an event that is being commemorated with: a hometown celebration in Oak Park, Ill., complete with "a movable feast" at local restaurants; the Thomasville Furniture Hemingway Collection (four lines: Kenya, Ketchum, Key West and Havana)
April 13, 1999 |
From the moment Ernest Hemingway (1899- 1961) burst upon the literary world in the late 1920s, writers have clashed over his work and influence. "Some circumstance," complained Max Eastman in a 1933 New Republic review, "seems to have laid upon Hemingway a continual sense of the obligation to put forth evidences of red-blooded masculinity. . . . A literary style, you might say, of wearing false hair on the chest. " "What they could not bear," novelist Nelson Algren countered in 1979, dismissing Hemingway's critics years after the author's 1954 Nobel Prize put them in a distinct if vocal minority, "was that he was the best writer of English prose in the world and was making big money doing it. " Now, it's the centennial year of the macho man once regarded as the most famous, style-setting writer in the world.