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Ernest Hemingway: Rivers To The Sea

Season 18, Episode 8 of 10

More than 40 years after his death, Hemingway is one of the most widely read, and widely written about, American authors. His distinct style and profound influence are indisputable; his larger-than-life persona is still the stuff of heated debate. As well-known in his lifetime as any movie star, Hemingway was a dashing international figure who challenged the notion that writers exist in an ivory tower. There were the battles, the bull fights, the big game, the booze - and he channeled these experiences into stark prose, creating a new form of expression, describing action and emotion in simple, authentic terms. An enormous critical success, his major works - The Old Man and the Sea, A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls - are still in print, some in as many as 20 languages. The recent excitement over Cuba's release of its Hemingway collection is unmatched in modern literature. It is the literature - the written word and the art of Hemingway's storytelling - that forms the heart and the freshness of this film, and the point of departure from which Hemingway's life and work are uniquely explored. Kate Burton is the storyteller.

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