Wednesday, November 8, 2017

James McGrath Morris at the American Writer's Museum November 9th



 
At the American Writer’s Museum, 800 N. Michigan Avenue, Second Floor.

James McGrath Morris The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War 5 pm

James McGrath Morris discusses his new novel about the friendship of Ernest Hemingway and John Don Passos, which began during World War I. Eager to find his way in life and words, John Dos Passos first witnessed the horror of trench warfare in France as a volunteer ambulance driver retrieving the dead and seriously wounded from the front line. Later in the war, he briefly met another young writer, Ernest Hemingway, who was just arriving for his service in the ambulance corps. When the war was over, both men knew they had to write about it; they had to give voice to what they felt about war and life.

Their friendship and collaboration developed through the peace of the 1920s and 1930s, as Hemingway's novels soared to success while Dos Passos penned the greatest antiwar novel of his generation, Three Soldiers. In war, Hemingway found adventure, women, and a cause. Dos Passos saw only oppression and futility. Their different visions eventually turned their private friendship into a bitter public fight, fueled by money, jealousy, and lust.

Rich in evocative detail--from Paris cafes to the Austrian Alps, from the streets of Pamplona to the waters of Key West--The Ambulance Drivers is a biography of a turbulent friendship between two of the century's greatest writers, and an illustration of how war both inspires and destroys, unites and divides.

Books will be sold before and after the event.

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