Ernest Hemingway's literary ambitions took root in France in the 1920s among some of the most extravagantly creative artists of the 20th century. ... Show synopsis Ernest Hemingway's literary ambitions took root in France in the 1920s among some of the most extravagantly creative artists of the 20th century. Pablo Picasso, George Braque, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, Cole Porter, Sergei Diaghilev and others were drawn to the Left Bank of the Seine in Paris after World War I. Hemingway joined them and, with the publication of his book The Sun Also Rises, which epitomized Paris during the Jazz era, became one of the most powerful forces in their vortex of talent and experimentation. Winston Conrad's compelling text and contemporary color photographs are complemented by a lavish collection of vintage black-and-white photos and illustrations that beautifully illuminate the author's life during the "lost generation" years, during World War II, and during his later visits to France in the 1950s. Hemingway's France also follows the author to the sun-drenched South of France, where he developed material for novels such as The Garden of Eden and for his memoir, A Moveable Feast. With a nod to works by biographers such as Carlos Baker, A.E. Hotchner, Michael Reynolds and H.R. Stonebeck, Hemingway's France vividly captures the charged atmosphere and aesthetic of the era. Its narrative, photographs, illustrations, and quotations by Hemingway and his contemporaries take the reader on the definitive tour of the writer's Paris. The spirit of that city and the allure of the French countryside in the '20s and '30s return to life in this book.