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Hemingway - A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

MARATHON: Saturday, April 17 at 5:30pm

A Writer (1899-1929)
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.

The Avatar (1929-1944)
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.

The Blank Page (1944-1961)
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.

Trailer & Behind the Scenes

Official Trailer

Hemingway, the documentary film

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


Behind the Scenes | Making Hemingway

Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein on producing their latest documentary.

About the program

Hemingway, a three-part, six-hour documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, examines the visionary work and the turbulent life of Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest and most influential writers America has ever produced. Interweaving his eventful biography - a life lived at the ultimately treacherous nexus of art, fame, and celebrity - with carefully selected excerpts from his iconic short stories, novels, and non-fiction, the series reveals the brilliant, ambitious, charismatic, and complicated man behind the myth, and the art he created. 

What some of our viewers have to say about Ernest Hemingway