The Undiscovered Italian Hemingway, a talk by Richard Owen

Ernest Hemingway is most often associated with Spain, Cuba, and Florida; but Italy was equally important in his life and work. Richard Owen’s book, Hemingway in Italy, the first full-length study on the subject, explores Hemingway’s visits throughout his life to such places as Sicily, Genoa, Rapallo, Cortina and Venice.

Richard Owen describes how Hemingway first visited Italy during World War I, an experience that set the scene for A Farewell to Arms, and how he then returned after World War II, when he found inspiration for Across the River and into the Trees. Showing how the Italian landscape, from the Venetian lagoon to the Dolomites and beyond, deeply affected one of the greatest writers of the Twentieth Century, Hemingway in Italy demonstrates that this country belongs alongside Spain as a key influence on his writing—and why the Italian themselves took Hemingway and his writing to heart.

Richard Owen was the Rome correspondent of the Times for 15 years. He was previously the paper’s correspondent in Moscow, Brussels and Jerusalem, and also served as Foreign Editor. Richard Owen has written several works of non-fiction including Crisis in the Kremlin: Soviet Succession and the Rise of Gorbachov, Letters from Moscow and Lady Chatterley’s Villa: DH Lawrence on the Italian Riviera.  


Drinks will be served after the talk



Wednesday 14 March 2018