Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explore the life and work of the legendary writer and his enduring influence on literature and culture.


Earlier this month we presented an encore of Ken Burns' and Lynn Novick's film Benjamin Franklin, the story of one of America's most influential founding fathers. Now we're pleased to present Hemingway, their fascinating account of one of the nation's most influential writers.

Hemingway examines the visionary work and the turbulent life of Ernest Hemingway. Interweaving his eventful biography — a life lived at the ultimately treacherous nexus of art, fame, and celebrity — with carefully selected excerpts from his iconic short stories, novels, and non-fiction, the series reveals the brilliant, ambitious, charismatic, and complicated man behind the myth, and the art he created.

Episode One - A Writer (1899 - 1929)
24 July at 9:00pm
Hemingway, yearning for adventure, volunteers for the Red Cross during World War I. He marries Hadley Richardson and moves to Paris, publishes The Sun Also Rises and finds critical and commercial success with his second novel, A Farewell to Arms.

Episode Two - The Avatar (1929 - 1944)
31 July at 9:00pm
Hemingway, having achieved a level of fame rarely seen in the literary world, settles in Key West with Pauline Pfeiffer but can’t stay put for long. He reports on the Spanish Civil War and begins a tempestuous romance with Martha Gellhorn.

Episode Three - The Blank Page (1944 - 1961)
Hemingway follows the Army as they advance through Europe. Afterwards, he tries to start a life with Mary Welsh, but is beset with tragedies. He publishes The Old Man and the Sea to acclaim but is overcome by his declining mental condition.

Hemingway and Benjamin Franklin are both part of the Ken Burns Collection available with Passport.

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