A Moveable Feast


A Moveable Feast is a memoir by American author Ernest Hemingway about his years as an expatriate writer in Paris in the 1920s. The book describes Hemingway's apprenticeship as a young writer while he was married to his first wife, Hadley. Other people featured in the book include Aleister Crowley, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Madox Ford, Evan Shipman, Hilaire Belloc, Pascin, John Dos Passos, Wyndham Lewis, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein and Hermann von Wedderkop.

The book was not published during Hemingway's lifetime, but edited from his manuscripts and notes by his fourth wife and widow, Mary Hemingway. It was published posthumously in 1964, three years after Hemingway's death. An edition revised by his grandson Seán Hemingway was published in 2009.

The memoir consists of Hemingway's personal accounts, observations and stories. He provides specific addresses of cafes, bars, hotels, and apartments, some of which can still be found in Paris today.

The title, a play on the term for a holy day whose date is not fixed, was suggested by Hemingway's friend and biographer A. E. Hotchner, who remembered Hemingway saying, in a letter which is referenced at the beginning of the book: "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."[1]

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