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HEMINGWAY DISSECTED BY A PLAY

Nebbadoon Press announces the publication of The Hemingway Play by Frederic Hunter. The two-act, one-set, ten-character drama offers a unique take on the author who helped shape the consciousness of his time in the middle years of the 20th century.

"I saw a play - this must have been in the early '60s - that tried to do Hemingway's life in a linear fashion," says Hunter. "It didn't work." Because he admired Hemingway's zest for life, his globe-trotting experiences, his compelling style, Hunter kept wondering how a play about the author could be done.

Several Hemingways then came to mind. Suddenly they started to confront one another in a bullfighters' hangout in Madrid, each needing to solve a problem. So the play was born.

In a manner that drama alone can accommodate, the play offers Hem, 28, a young novelist in Spain for the bullfights. Also there is Wemedge, Hemingway at 19, an ambulance driver returning home after recuperating from a wound in an Italian military hospital. He's seeking an interview with Ernest, 55, a world-personality author, who's just survived two air crashes in Africa and arrives to have a reunion with old friends. Finally Papa, a revered Nobel Prize-winner, finishing a series of Life Magazine articles about bullfighting, enters to visit his favorite Madrid watering-hole for the last time.

Since the real-life Hemingway as a young man scorned writers who chased commercial success, Hem and Ernest, the embodiment of commercial success, have some bristling exchanges.

In 1976 the play was presented by the PBS Hollywood Television Theater series to ecstatic reviews. The Washington Post declared: "The triumph of The Hemingway Play is the unexpected effectiveness of its premise. By giving the opposing sides of Hemingway's divided self an independent existence on stage, author Hunter permits us to become ringside spectators at the contest between warring factions of his own personality."

The Christian Science Monitor termed the play "A remarkable theatrical study."

The Hollywood Reporter called it "A brilliantly inventive and totally fascinating piece of writing."

The Boston Globe wrote: "The fine script by Frederic Hunter illuminates the enigmatic personal qualities of this adventurer, all done in crackling dialogue, so clearly defined that there is no mistaking the message each component of one man brings."