Great Writers Q&A

Great Writers Q&A

Today, we start with the memorable interview done with Ernest Hemingway, by New Yorker writer Lillian Ross.

The year was 1950, and Hemingway had just finished the first draft of a new novel, Across the River and Into the Trees.

He spoke to Ross in a bustling New York airport terminal, stopping briefly on his way to Europe.

“After you finish a book, you know, you’re dead,” he said moodily. “But no one knows you’re dead. All they see is the irresponsibility that comes in after the terrible responsibility of writing.”

Hemingway, whom Ross called arguably “the greatest (at the time) living novelist and short story writer,” had much to say that day.

Here’s Ross’ interview, in full.