For many, Ernest Hemingway remains more a compilation of myths than a person: soldiersportsman, loverexpat and, of course, writer.

But the actual life beneath these various legends remains elusivewhat did he look like as a laughing child or young soldierWhat was his handwriting like and what did he say in his most personal lettersHow did the train tickets he held on his way from France to Spain or across the American Midwest feel, and what kind of notes did he take on his journeysThis remarkable book answers these questions.

Featuring a foreword by Hemingway's son Patrick and an afterword by his grandson Sean, the book has the intimate feel of being a member of the family. It tells the story of a major American icon through the objects he touched, the moments he saw, the thoughts he had every day.