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Cover of the first edition of A Moveable Feast.

A Moveable Feast Moves Toward the Small Screen

A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway’s memoir, will be made into a TV show.

Deadline reports that Hemingway’s granddaughter, actress Mariel Hemingway will serve as a producer on the show. Mariel first purchased the rights to A Moveable Feast in 2009.

Cover of the original version of Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast.

A Moveable Feast was first published in 1964, three years after Ernest Hemingway’s death. The book is Hemingway telling of his time in Paris in the 1920s.

During that period Hemingway socialized with fellow writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Ford Madox Ford. He was also married to his first wife, Hadley Richardson. All appear in the Hemingway memoir.

It’s with Richardson that Hemingway first attended the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain. It was an experience about which Hemingway wrote in his novel, The Sun Also Rises.

Richardson was Mariel Hemingway’s grandmother. And Mariel Hemingway was quoted by Deadline as saying A Moveable Feast is her favorite Ernest Hemingway book.

“’I want to reveal on film the coming of age story that has captivated readers and burgeoning writers for several decades,'” Hemingway told Deadline.

A Moveable Feast and Its History

Deadline describes the TV production of A Moveable Feast as “a Hemingway origin story.”

There are two versions of the book, A Moveable Feast.

Cover of the revised edition of Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast.
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The first version, published in 1964, is based on manuscripts and notes written by Ernest Hemingway.

The novelist initially stored these writings in a trunk in the 1930s.

In 1956, Hemingway was having lunch at the Hôtel Ritz Paris when the hotel’s chairman, Charles Ritz, asked the writer if he knew there was a trunk of his in the property’s basement. It’s from that trunk that the writings on which the 1964 edition of A Moveable Feast is based.

The 2009 edition of the book is from one of Hemingway’s grandsons, Seán Hemingway.

Seán made several editorial changes for the revised version of A Moveable Feast. Many criticized the new edition.

It’s unclear if the TV show will follow the 1964 or the 2009 version of the Hemingway memoir.

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