A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway (1964)


A Moveable Feast is a memoir by American author Ernest Hemingway about his years as a struggling young migrant journalist and writer in Paris in the 1920s. The book, first published in 1964, describes the author’s apprenticeship as a young writer while he was married to his first wife, Hadley Richardson. The memoir consists of various personal accounts, observations, and stories by Hemingway. He provides specific addresses of apartments, bars, cafes, and hotels — many of which can still be found in Paris today. Among other notable persons, people featured in the book include: Sylvia Beach, Hilaire Belloc, Aleister Crowley, John Dos Passos, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ford Madox Ford, James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Pascin, Ezra Pound, Evan Shipman, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas and Hermann von Wedderkop. The memoir was published posthumously based on Hemingway’s manuscripts and notes by his fourth wife and widow, Mary Hemingway, in 1964, three years after Hemingway’s death. An edition altered and revised by his grandson, Seán Hemingway, was published in 2009. In November 1956, Hemingway recovered two small steamer trunks that he had stored in March 1928 in the basement of the Hôtel Ritz Paris. The trunks contained notebooks he had filled during the 1920s. Hemingway’s friend and biographer A. E. Hotchner, who was with him in Paris in 1956, later recounted the occasion of Hemingway’s recovery of the trunks and notebooks: ‘In 1956, Ernest and I were having lunch at the Ritz in Paris with Charles Ritz, the hotel’s chairman, when Charley asked if Ernest was aware that a trunk of his was in the basement storage room, left there in 1930. Ernest did not remember storing the trunk but he did recall that in the 1920s Louis Vuitton had made a special trunk for him. Ernest had wondered what had become of it. Charley had the trunk brought up to his office, and after lunch Ernest opened it. It was filled with a ragtag collection of clothes, menus, receipts, memos, hunting and fishing paraphernalia, skiing equipment, racing forms, correspondence and, on the bottom, something that elicited a joyful reaction from Ernest: ‘The notebooks! So that’s where they were! Enfin!’ There were two stacks of lined notebooks like the ones used by schoolchildren in Paris when he lived there in the ’20s. Ernest had filled them with his careful handwriting while sitting in his favorite café, nursing a café crème. The notebooks described the places, the people, the events of his penurious life.’ Hotchner, A. E. (2009-07-19). ‘Don’t Touch ‘A Moveable Feast’. The New York Times. …”
Wikipedia
The Atlantic: How Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast Has Become a Bestseller in France
A Moveable Feast! Ernest Hemingway in Paris Walking Tour
NPR: Hemingway’s ‘Feast’ On The Move Into New Edition (Audio)
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