Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse

Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse

The acclaimed author of A Venetian Affair now gives us the remarkable story of Hemingway's love affair with both the city of Venice and the muse he found there—a vivacious 18-year-old who inspired the man thirty years her senior to complete his great final work.

In the fall of 1948 Hemingway and his fourth wife traveled for the first time to Venice, which Hemingway called "a goddam wonderful city." He was a year shy of his fiftieth birthday and hadn't published a novel in nearly a decade. At a duck shoot in the lagoon he met and fell in love with Adriana Ivancich, a striking Venetian girl just out of finishing school. Di Robilant—whose great uncle moved in Hemingway's revolving circle of bon vivants, aristocrats, and artistsˆrecreates with sparkling clarity this surprising, years-long relationship. Hemingway used Adriana as the model for Renata in Across the River and Into the Trees, and continued to visit Venice to see her; the Ivanciches traveled to Cuba, placing Adriana beside him as he wrote The Old Man and the Sea. This illuminating story of writer and muse—which also examines the cost to a young woman of her association with a larger-than-life literary celebrity—is an intimate look at the fractured heart and changing art of Hemingway in his fifties.

Title:Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781101946657
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About Andrea di Robilant

Andrea di Robilant was educated at Le Rosey and Columbia University. He now lives in Rome, working as a correspondent for the newspaper La Stampa.


    Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse Reviews

  • Kricket

    i want to read this because i enjoy hating ernest hemingway....

  • Ace Boggess

    This book offers an insightful and often-compelling look at the later years of Hemingway's life, during which he found inspiration in a strange affection for a young Italian woman. Parts of the book a...

  • cameron

    This is a hard book to review. I understand how many people could be fed up with yet another Hemingway story, even though it’s true and includes their letters. Hemingway is pretty much the antithesi...

  • Andie

    After World War II, Ernest Hemingway was in a funk. He was depressed, had writer's block and seems to be regretting marrying his 4th wife Mary Welsh. In an attempt to cheer him up,Mary organizes a mot...

  • Roxanne

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is about Ernest Hemingway when he his fourth wife travel to Venice. He was 50 at that time and he had not published any books in ten years. While in Venice he fall...

  • Janis Gage

    There is no fool like an old lech and this portrayal of Hemingway is pretty brutal about Hemingway’s quest after a girl 40 years younger. Sad story about a pathetic old man, an anxious older wife de...

  • MaryJo Hansen

    This is a non-fiction work by an author who has written several other excellent books that tap into his aristocratic Venetian family history. In this story, his great uncle is a friend of Ernest Hemin...

  • Willa MacVenn

    I have to admit, it's been a long time since I read Carlos Baker's Hemingway Biography. This didn't seem quite on par with that, but like I say, it's been a long time with many, many reading experienc...

  • Marge

    Clearly this is a well-research book with numerous primary sources at its base. For readers curious about/a follower of Hemingway in the later decades of his life and his relationship with a Venetian ...

  • Pam

    After you enjoy the sense of the American & Brits of The Venice.... the first pass through, you just get bored.. well, I got bored, to be more exact and I LOVE Venice and the writings of di Robilant s...