H. R. Stoneback's prose-poem Hemingway's Paris: Our Paris? constitutes a masterpiece of both appreciation and analysis by a scholar whose knowledge and love of Paris is as deep, profound and genuine as his knowledge and love of Hemingway.
"H.R. Stoneback knows his Hemingway and his Paris. I had the incomparable experience of visiting Paris twice while working for Ernest Hemingway in 1959. I viewed the city at the side of the writer while he added the finishing touches to A Movable Feast. Professor Stoneback's evocation of Hemingway's Paris of the 1920s is as close as I have come since to reliving those Paris days in the company of Ernest Hemingway. Listerning this book will be a treat for all who love Hemingway and Paris, and a pleasant surprise for all listeners.” (Valerie Hemingway, author of Running With the Bulls: My Years With The Hemingways)
“Professor Stoneback's lyrical prose takes the listener inside the soul of Hemingway's Paris, penetrating the surface of guide-books to reveal tantalizing secrets.” (A.E. Hotchner, playwright, novelist, memoirist, Hemingway friend, and author of the classic Papa Hemingway)
“H.R. Stoneback's intense reading of Hemingway's Paris-revealing Hemingway's nuanced rendering of the deus loci and his intentionally subtle infusion of numinosity-is nothing short of nonpareil. Stoneback's work undoes decades of weak and negative criticism of Hemingway. Listen to this classic piece-a benchmark in the creative essay-and you will see exactly how and why Hemingway's Paris became Stoneback's Paris and by extension your Paris. Stoneback's Hemingway's Paris: Our Paris? shows, ever so illustratively and ever so doucement, how and why we read Hemingway.” (Allen Josephs, past president of the Hemingway Foundation and Society, and author of Ritual and Sacrifice in the Corrida)
“No one has written better or more wisely about Ernest Hemingway's Paris than H.R. Stoneback.” (Donald Junkins, author of Journey to the Corrida and other books)
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interesting short piece