Picks and Pans Review: Biography: Ernest Hemingway

updated 09/28/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/28/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

A&E (Sun., Sept. 27, 8 p.m. ET)

Ernest Hemingway killed himself in 1961, but his body of literary work survives and even grows: True at First Light, an unfinished manuscript edited by his son Patrick, is scheduled to be published next summer. An equally enduring part of the novelist's legacy is his outsized legend—the death-defying adventures, the four turbulent marriages and always the aggressive assertion of manhood. This two-hour Biography (subtitled Wrestling with Life) covers the story well, particularly as "Papa" Hemingway descends into suicidal depression. His sons Jack and Gregory provide insights that more than compensate for granddaughter Mariel Hemingway's uninspired delivery of the narration.

Bottom Line: Solid bio of a man who lived large

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