By Force of Will: The Life and Art of Ernest Hemingway
"Donaldson's skill is really a rare and fine art. Everyone who is interested in twentieth-century fiction or in the art of biography or in the mysterious relationship between the temperament of an artist and the work he produces should have By Force of Will within arm's reach. In its way it is a masterpiece."
"Not the least of its virtues is the way it allows the reader to play along with a masterly scholarly detective."
"Donaldson takes a novel and most effective approach to his materials -- the thousand pictures of [Carlos] Baker's Hemingway supplemented by new stores of unpublished materials. Rather than following the chronology of the life, he has written a series of related though discrete essays that enable us to look all around our central character."
"An often illuminating and constantly fascinating mosaic of Ernest Hemingway's mind and personality."