Magazine August 28, 2017, Issue

Two Kinds Of People

(Fitzgerald: Hulton Archive/Getty Images; Hemingway: Walter Breveglieri/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Ernest Hemingway: A Biography, by Mary V. Dearborn (Knopf, 752 pp., $35); Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald, by David S. Brown (Belknap, 424 pp., $29.95)

Of the writing of biographies of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, there is, it seems, no end. Two more have just come down the pipeline, and the prospect of reading them tempted me to cap the quote and add that “much study is a weariness of the flesh.” Nor was it encouraging that both are biographies à thèse: David S. Brown’s Paradise Lost, written by a professor of history, purports to show that Fitzgerald was a “cultural historian” first and foremost, while Mary V. Dearborn’s Ernest Hemingway proudly bills itself as the first Hemingway biography to be written by

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Terry TeachoutMr. Teachout is the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal and the critic-at-large of Commentary. Satchmo at the Waldorf, his 2011 play about Louis Armstrong, has been produced off Broadway and throughout America.

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