Autumn in Venice by Andrea di Robilant

Autumn in Venice

The acclaimed author of A Venetian Affair now gives us the remarkable story of Hemingway's love affair with both the city of Venice and the muse he found there—a vivacious 18-year-old who inspired the man thirty years her senior to complete his great final work.In the fall of 1948 Hemingway and his fourth wife traveled for the first time to Venice, which Hemingway called "a goddam wonderful city." He was a year shy of his fiftieth birthday and ...

Details Autumn in Venice

TitleAutumn in Venice
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
GenreNonfiction, History, Biography, Writing, Books About Books

Reviews Autumn in Venice

  • Ace Boggess
    This book offers an insightful and often-compelling look at the later years of Hemingway's life, during which he found inspiration in a strange affection for a young Italian woman. Parts of the book are hilarious and other parts quite moving. Brief parts discuss interactions with other famous figures such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Spencer Tracy, and Marlene Dietrich. Bits of dialogue are captured, wonderfully poetic romantic letter...
  • cameron
    This is a hard book to review. I understand how many people could be fed up with yet another Hemingway story, even though it’s true and includes their letters. Hemingway is pretty much the antithesis of political correctness, an ego driven and needy man and and disrespectful to women. However, he was also a genius of a writer, receiving a Pulitzer and a Nobel Prize, hugely generous to his friends with money and help, an alcoholic and mentally i...
  • Roxanne
    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about Ernest Hemingway when he his fourth wife travel to Venice. He was 50 at that time and he had not published any books in ten years. While in Venice he falls in love with a young girl. After she gave him inspiration he started writing again. He kept seeing her for many years.
  • Janis Gage
    There is no fool like an old lech and this portrayal of Hemingway is pretty brutal about Hemingway’s quest after a girl 40 years younger. Sad story about a pathetic old man, an anxious older wife determined to hold on to her man and a girl who caught his attention and was determined to milk him for for she could. No one comes out looking good in this book. I never cared for Hemingway or his books and this is just another confirmation.
  • Mary Jo
    This is a non-fiction work by an author who has written several other excellent books that tap into his aristocratic Venetian family history. In this story, his great uncle is a friend of Ernest Hemingway when he visits Venice after the war. The book starts in 1949 and mainly focuses on the post-war years. Hemingway with his 4th wife Mary, traveled to Venice and met and played with many of the old Italian families. He drank with them, hunted with...
  • Marge
    Clearly this is a well-research book with numerous primary sources at its base. For readers curious about/a follower of Hemingway in the later decades of his life and his relationship with a Venetian woman Adriana who is easily young enough to be his daughter, Autumn in Venice reveals her deep influence, her role as his muse at a point when his popularity--often he's described by critics at this period as a washed-up author--and creativity have w...