Hemingway in Sun Valley History

Ernest Hemingway in Sun Valley 



Ernest Hemingway made his final home in Ketchum after having visited the area for many years. He first came to Sun Valley in 1939 at the invitation of Averill Harriman, then chairman of the Union Pacific Railroad. At the time, the new resort was inviting many celebrities in hopes that names such as Hemingway and Gary Cooper would attract visitors to the remote destination. While staying in the Sun Valley Lodge he worked on and completed For Whom the Bell Tolls in the fall of 1939.

Hemingway soon fell in love with Idaho. He enjoyed two of his passions, fishing and hunting, in the pristine countryside that was wide open and full of wildlife. He visited many times to enjoy these sports, and eventually bought a house in Ketchum in 1959. He remained in his Warm Springs home until his death in 1961.


Come visit our Hemingway section at the store, dedicated to the great author's works and many of the books written about him.






     Packed with over 350 images, granddaughter Hemingway shares her family albums with readers, giving additional insight into the iconic author. Beginning with a copy of his birth certificate, Hemingway aficionado Vejdovsky takes readers on a guided tour of the literary legend's life and career via this remarkable collection of candid snapshots. . . . Love letters, edited manuscripts, and shots of Hemingway at bullfights and on hunting expeditions add credence to the legendary tales he spun of his exploits. Arranged chronologically, readers are able to walk through the writer's life, gaining greater insight into Ernest Hemingway as a man as well as a writer. Images of Hemingway fishing, reading to his infant son and recuperating from a plane crash in the 50s humanize him in ways a traditional biography cannot. - Publishers Weekly

     From a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, a brilliantly conceived and illuminating reconsideration of a key period in the life of Ernest Hemingway that will forever change the way he is perceived and understood.
     Imbued with Hemingway's wit, wisdom, and humor, "Ernest Hemingway on Writing" offers essential advice from an author who has had an astounding impact on contemporary American fiction.
 It was the glittering intellectual world of 1920s Paris expatriates in which Pauline Pfeiffer, a writer for Vogue, met Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley among a circle of friends that included Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, and Dorothy Parker. Pauline grew close to Hadley but eventually forged a stronger bond with Hemingway himself; with her stylish looks and dedication to Hemingway's writing, Pauline became the source of "unbelievable happiness" for Hemingway and, by 1927, his second wife.

Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow paints a full picture of Pauline and the role she played in Ernest Hemingway's becoming one of our greatest literary figures.

       Hemingway's creative influences for novels like The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and The Old Man and the Sea came not only from his famous hunting trips, his liaisons in Cuba, or his relationships with Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce and other Lost Generation writers. During Hemingway's period of greatest literary foment, his most seminal relationship was with Hadley Richardson, his first wife. In Paris Without End, acclaimed author Gioia Diliberto, biographer of Jane Addams and Brenda Frazier, delivers a gripping, novelistic exploration of Hadley's personality and her role in Hemingway's life, finally unclouding our view of Hemingway's relationship with the one woman he never stopped loving.



A chance encounter in Spain in 1959 brought young Irish reporter Valerie Danby-Smith face to face with Ernest Hemingway. The interview was awkward and brief, but before it ended something had clicked into place. For the next two years, Valerie devoted her life to Hemingway and his wife, Mary, traveling with them through beloved old haunts in Spain and France and living with them during the tumultuous final months in Cuba. In name a personal secretary, but in reality a confidante and sharer of the great man's secrets and sorrows, Valerie literally came of age in the company of one of the greatest literary lions of the twentieth century.

     With the first publication, in this edition, of all the surviving letters of Ernest Hemingway (1899 1961), readers will for the first time be able to follow the thoughts, ideas and actions of one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century in his own words. This first volume encompasses his youth, his experience in World War I and his arrival in Paris. The letters reveal a more complex person than Hemingway's tough guy public persona would suggest: devoted son, affectionate brother, infatuated lover, adoring husband, spirited friend and disciplined writer. Unguarded and never intended for publication, the letters record experiences that inspired his art, afford insight into his creative process and express his candid assessments of his own work and that of his contemporaries. The letters present immediate accounts of events and relationships that profoundly shaped his life and work. A detailed introduction, notes, chronology, illustrations and index are included.
     Spanning the years 1920 to 1956, this priceless collection shows Hemingway's work as a reporter, from correspondent for the "Toronto Star" to contributor to "Esquire, Colliers, " and "Look." As fledgling reporter, war correspondent, and seasoned journalist, Hemingway provides access to a range of experiences, including vivid eyewitness accounts of the Spanish Civil War and World War II. "By-Line: Ernest Hemingway" offers a glimpse into the world behind the popular fiction of one of America's greatest writers.
     Written for the "Toronto Star" between 1920 and 1924, this selection of energetic pieces from Hemingway sees the author focus his gaze on Paris. Writing with characteristic verve, the author tackles cultural topics in chapters such as Living on $1,000 a Year in Paris, American Bohemians in Paris, and Parisian Boorishness. "The scum of Greenwich Village, New York, has been skimmed off and deposited in large ladles on that section of Paris adjacent to the Cafe Rotonde. New scum, of course, has risen to take the place of the old, but the oldest scum, the thickest scum and the scummiest scum," Hemingway wryly observes, "has come across the ocean, somehow, and with its afternoon and evening levees has made the Rotonde the leading Latin Quarter showplace for tourists in search of atmosphere."
Hemingway on Fishing is an encompassing, diverse, and fascinating collection. 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 the sure use he made of fishing, transforming it into the stuff of great literature. Anglers and lovers of great writing alike will welcome this important collection.