Ernest Hemingway Reads “In Harry’s Bar in Venice”

Per­haps Ernest Hem­ing­way was­n’t the best at read­ing lit­er­a­ture aloud. And it’s why A.E. Hotch­n­er once said, “one of Ernest Hem­ing­way’s dead­liest ene­mies was The Micro­phone.”

But even so, it’s worth recap­tur­ing the voice of the Amer­i­can lit­er­ary giant – espe­cial­ly when we can hear him read from his  own work. The read­ing is called “In Har­ry’s Bar in Venice,” and it was record­ed with a pock­et recorder some­time in the late 1950s. You can access the record­ing (thanks to Harper­Au­dio) in mul­ti­ple for­mats here: .au for­mat, .gsm for­mat, .ra for­mat. Or you can buy it as part of a larg­er col­lec­tion called Ernest Hem­ing­way Reads Ernest Hem­ing­way.

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