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  • TV-14
  • 2021
  • 1 Season
  • 8.1  (1,586)

Hemingway is a six-hour documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of Ernest Hemingway through a combination of interviews, archival footage, and dramatic readings of his works. The series aired on PBS in April 2021 and is narrated by actor Peter Coyote.

The series begins with Hemingway's childhood in Oak Park, Illinois, where he was born in 1899. It explores his love of nature and the outdoors, which would later become a central theme in his writing. The series then delves into Hemingway's early years as a struggling journalist in Paris, where he met other expatriate writers like Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound, and began to develop his distinctive style.

The series spends considerable time on Hemingway's war experiences, particularly his time as an ambulance driver in World War I and as a war correspondent during the Spanish Civil War. These experiences profoundly influenced his writing and are a prominent theme in many of his works.

Throughout the series, Hemingway's relationships with women are also explored, including his four marriages and numerous affairs. The series examines how these relationships and his own complicated psyche informed his writing, particularly when it came to creating complex, nuanced female characters.

The series is also notable for its focus on Hemingway's writing process. Through interviews with scholars and writers, as well as excerpts from his own letters and manuscripts, the series offers insight into the craft behind his most famous works, including The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and The Old Man and the Sea.

In addition to Coyote's narration, the series features a number of well-known actors reading excerpts from Hemingway's works, including Jeff Daniels, who reads from The Old Man and the Sea, and Meryl Streep, who reads from Hemingway's letters.

One particularly moving moment in the series comes when Hemingway's grandson, Sean, reads the author's eulogy for his father, which he wrote shortly after his suicide in 1961. It is a testament to the show's ability to humanize Hemingway, even as it explores the many contradictions and complexities of his life and work.

Overall, Hemingway is a masterfully crafted documentary series that gives viewers a rich, multifaceted portrait of one of America's greatest writers. It is a must-watch for anyone interested in Hemingway's life and legacy, as well as for those who simply enjoy a good story.

Hemingway is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on April 5, 2021.

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The In Between
4. The In Between
October 4, 2019
Aubrey introduces his new lover to the group and Justice finally gets the opportunity to explain his side of the story how Asher and his relationship ended.
The Blank Page
3. The Blank Page
April 7, 2021
Hemingway, reeling from his split with Martha, attaches himself to the U.S. Army as it moves through Normandy and liberates Paris. After the war he tries to start a new life with Mary Welsh but is beset with personal tragedies and professional mishaps. He publishes The Old Man and the Sea and wins the Nobel Prize but eventually is overcome by addiction, physical trauma and depression.
The Avatar
2. The Avatar
April 6, 2021
Hemingway, having achieved literary fame, goes to report on the Spanish Civil War.
A Writer
1. A Writer
April 5, 2021
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.
Hemingway and Childhood
101. Hemingway and Childhood
February 23, 2021
A Virtual Q&A event with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Verna Kale, Tim O'Brien and Paris Schutz.
Hemingway, Journalism and War
102. Hemingway, Journalism and War
February 25, 2021
A Virtual Q&A event with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Alex Vernon and Melinda Henneberger.
Hemingway and the Natural World
103. Hemingway and the Natural World
March 2, 2021
A Q&A with Ken Burns, Sarah Botstein, Terry Tempest Williams and Jenny Emery Davidson.
Hemingway and Celebrity
104. Hemingway and Celebrity
March 4, 2021
A Q&A event with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Lesley Blume, Patt Morrison and Rachel Kushner.
the Sea and Cuba
105. the Sea and Cuba
March 9, 2021
Q&A with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Cristina Garcia, Brin-Jonathan Butler and Ann Bocock.
Gender and Identity
106. Gender and Identity
March 11, 2021
A virtual Q&A event with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Mary Karr, Marc Dudley and Lisa Kennedy.
Hemingway the Author
107. Hemingway the Author
March 16, 2021
A Q&A event with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Tobias Wolff, Abraham Verghese and Alan Price.
Hemingway and Biography
108. Hemingway and Biography
March 18, 2021
A Q&A event with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Amanda Vaill, Howard Bryant and Paul Elie.
Hemingway and Women
109. Hemingway and Women
March 24, 2021
A Q&A with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose and Edward Mendelson.
Where to Watch Hemingway
Hemingway is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hemingway on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Kanopy, Google Play and PBS.
  • Premiere Date
    April 5, 2021
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (1,586)