Hemingway

A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

HEMINGWAY is a three-part series, directed by Ken Burns and longtime collaborator Lynn Novick, that paints an intimate picture of Hemingway, the writer, who captured on paper the complexities of the human condition in spare and profound prose and whose work remains deeply influential around the world.  The film also penetrates the myth of Hemingway, the man’s man, to reveal a deeply troubled and ultimately tragic figure and explores Hemingway’s limitations and biases as an artist and a man of his time.

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Corporate funding for HEMINGWAY was provided by Bank of America. Major funding was provided by the Annenberg Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and by ‘The Better Angels Society,’ and its members John & Leslie McQuown, the Elizabeth Ruth Wallace Living Trust, John & Catherine Debs, the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, the Kissick Family Foundation, Gail M. Elden, Gilchrist & Amy Berg, Robert & Beverly Grappone, Mauree Jane & Mark Perry; and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.


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Spanish Version | The Avatar (1929-1944)

Tras alcanzar la fama, Hemingway hace un reportaje sobre la Guerra Civil española.

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The Avatar (1929-1944)

The Avatar (1929-1944)

Hemingway, having achieved literary fame, goes to report on the Spanish Civil War.

The Blank Page (1944-1961)

The Blank Page (1944-1961)

Hemingway writes The Old Man and the Sea but is overcome by mental illness.

Spanish Version | The Blank Page (1944-1961)

Spanish Version | The Blank Page (1944-1961)

Hemingway publica "El viejo y el mar", pero el deterioro de su estado mental lo supera.

A Writer (1899-1929)

A Writer (1899-1929)

Hemingway moves to Paris and finds success with his second novel, A Farewell to Arms.


Spanish Version | A Writer (1899-1929)

Spanish Version | A Writer (1899-1929)

Después de mudarse a París, Hemingway tiene éxito con su segunda novela, Adiós a las armas

The Inspiration Behind 'The Sun Also Rises'

The Inspiration Behind 'The Sun Also Rises'

Hemingway was inspired to write "The Sun Also Rises" during his travels across Spain.

Writer Edna O'Brien on Hemingway's View of Women

Writer Edna O'Brien on Hemingway's View of Women

Edna O'Brien reads a passage from Ernest Hemingway's short story, "Up in Michigan."

Hemingway's WWI Service

Hemingway's WWI Service

During his time in Italy during WWI, Ernest Hemingway suffered life-threatening injuries.

How Hemingway's Childhood Sparked a Love of Nature, Writing

How Hemingway's Childhood Sparked a Love of Nature, Writing

Hemingway's love of nature and writers' discipline were instilled in him from a young age.

When Hemingway 'Lost Everything'

When Hemingway 'Lost Everything'

Two years' worth of Hemingway's work was lost on a train from Paris when he was just 23.

Mastering the Art of Nonfiction

Mastering the Art of Nonfiction

Referring to himself as "Papa," Ernest Hemingway strived to be an expert on everything.

After Deadly Hurricane, Hemingway Asks: Who Killed the Vets?

After Deadly Hurricane, Hemingway Asks: Who Killed the Vets?

After a hurricane killed 259 veterans, Hemingway took aim at the Roosevelt administration.

Hemingway's Call to Action During the Spanish Civil War

Hemingway's Call to Action During the Spanish Civil War

Ernest Hemingway returned to Spain to report on the Spanish Civil War.

Hemingway's Front Seat to the Spanish Civil War

Hemingway's Front Seat to the Spanish Civil War

Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn reported alongside each other during the Spanish Civil War.

Hemingway's Home in Cuba, the Finca Vigía

Hemingway's Home in Cuba, the Finca Vigía

In 1939, Hemingway returned to Havana, Cuba and bought the Finca Vigía with Martha.

The End of Ernest and Pauline Hemingway's Marriage

The End of Ernest and Pauline Hemingway's Marriage

On Sept. 3, 1939, Ernest Hemingway told Pauline he was leaving her for Martha Gellhorn.

Sen. John McCain on His Hero from 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'

Sen. John McCain on His Hero from 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'

Senator John McCain discusses his hero Robert Jordan of "For Whom the Bell Tolls."

Hemingway's 'The Old Man and the Sea'

Hemingway's 'The Old Man and the Sea'

Writers and literary scholars share their thoughts on the book "The Old Man and the Sea."

The Beginnings of Ernest Hemingway's Marriage to Mary Welsh

The Beginnings of Ernest Hemingway's Marriage to Mary Welsh

In 1946, Hemingway married Mary Welsh, a Time and Life correspondent he met during WWII.

Ernest Hemingway and Mary Welsh Survive Two Plane Crashes

Ernest Hemingway and Mary Welsh Survive Two Plane Crashes

In the summer of 1953, Ernest and Mary survived two plane crashes while in Africa.

Behind the Scenes | Making Hemingway

Behind the Scenes | Making Hemingway

Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein on producing their latest documentary.

Hemingway and Women

Hemingway and Women

A Q&A with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose and Edward Mendelson.

Hemingway and Biography

Hemingway and Biography

A Q&A event with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Amanda Vaill, Howard Bryant and Paul Elie.

Hemingway the Author

Hemingway the Author

A Q&A event with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Tobias Wolff, Abraham Verghese and Alan Price.

Hemingway, Gender and Identity

Hemingway, Gender and Identity

A virtual Q&A event with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Mary Karr, Marc Dudley and Lisa Kennedy.

Hemingway, the Sea and Cuba

Hemingway, the Sea and Cuba

Q&A with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Cristina Garcia, Brin-Jonathan Butler and Ann Bocock.

Hemingway and Celebrity

Hemingway and Celebrity

A Q&A event with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Lesley Blume, Patt Morrison and Rachel Kushner.

Hemingway and the Natural World

Hemingway and the Natural World

A Q&A with Ken Burns, Sarah Botstein, Terry Tempest Williams and Jenny Emery Davidson.

Hemingway, Journalism and War

Hemingway, Journalism and War

A Virtual Q&A event with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Alex Vernon and Melinda Henneberger.

Hemingway and Childhood

Hemingway and Childhood

A Virtual Q&A event with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Verna Kale, Tim O’Brien and Paris Schutz.

Trailer #2: A Portrait

Trailer #2: A Portrait

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explore the writer and his enduring influence. Coming April 2021

Official Trailer

Official Trailer

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explore the writer and his enduring influence. Coming April 2021

Behind the Scenes | Exploring Hemingway

Behind the Scenes | Exploring Hemingway

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on why they chose to explore the complex and iconic writer.

Hemingway - The Myth

Hemingway - The Myth

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick uncover the man behind the myth. Coming April 2021.