An introduction to the life and work of one of the most significant and notorious American writers of the 20th century. Ernest Hemingway’s literary status alone makes him worthy of a biography. In addition, his life sounds like a suspense story – it’s full of action, romance, heartbreak, machismo, mishaps, celebrity, and tragedy. He had first-hand experience of several historic events of the last century, and he rubbed elbows with many other notable writers and intellectual greats of our time. Though his reputation has weathered ups and downs, his status as an American icon remains untouchable. Here, in the only biography available to young people, Catherine Reef introduces listeners to Hemingway’s work, with a focus on his themes and writing styles and his place in the history of American fiction, and examines writers who influenced him and those he later influenced.