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A. E. Hotchner Discusses his Childhood.

Writer A.E. Hotchner. His memoir "King of the Hill" (Harper), about growing up in a flophouse during the depression, was made into a movie, directed by Stephen Soderbergh (the directer of "Sex, Lives, and Videotape"). Hotchner is best known for his controversial 1966 biography of his personal friend Ernest Hemingway, "Papa Hemingway: A Personal Memoir." Presented in the unusual form of dialogue, Hotchner faced criticism from the literary community and an attempt by Hemingway's widow to ban the sale of the book. (Rebroadcast from 8-23-93). (Interview by Marty Moss-Coane)


Other segments from the episode on March 11, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 11, 1994: Interview with A. E. Hotchner; Review of Sam Phillips' album "Martinis & Bikinis"; Interview with Andrew Davis; Review of the television show "Heart of…


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