Scott Donaldson

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."
--Walter Sullivan, Sewanee Review

"Not the least of its virtues is the way it allows the reader to play along with a masterly scholarly detective."
--San Francisco Sunday Examiner

"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approach to his materials -- the thousand pictures of [Carlos] Baker's Hemingway supplemented by new stores of unpublished materials.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."
--George Monteiro, Novel

"An often illuminating and constantly fascinating mosaic of Ernest Hemingway's mind and personality."
--New York Times Book Review

Selected Works

Biographies
"A captivating and intimate glimpse of the challenges and rewards of writing lives of novelists and poets."
--Publishers Weekly
Donaldson brings "to the narrative of Fenton's life and career the same effective blend of indefatigable archival skills and the gift of telling a compelling story in an engaging manner that he has displayed in his earlier work."
-Jackson R. Bryer, Hopkins Review
With this book "Donaldson continues to show himself as a beacon in American literary scholarship, a major voice with an awareness of the interconnectedness between biography and criticism."
-Joseph Fruscione, American Literary Scholarship 2009
"For too long Edwin Arlington Robinson has been consigned to the ranks of peripheral poets. Scott Donaldson -- a gifted biographer -- has brought this remarkable man and his poetry vividly to life."
--Jay Parini, poet/novelist/biographer
"...fresh, risky, talky, bold, and ultimately brilliant. We close [the book] deeply satisfied that we’ve read all there is to know about the men."
--Denise Gess, Raleigh News and Observer
"John Cheever: A Biography is clearly an indispensable book."
--Dan Cryer, Newsday
"A stunning portrait...full of intriguing insights."
--Publishers Weekly
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"An often illuminating and constantly fascinating mosaic of Ernest Hemingway's mind and personality."
--New York Times Book Review