The Garden of Eden (1986), published posthumously twenty-five years after Hemingway's death, was edited by Scribner's editor Tom Jenks from a large uncompleted manuscript on which the author had worked from shortly after World War II until 1958. Inspired in part by F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night (1934) and partly by events in Hemingway's own life, the manuscript novel intertwines the story of a novelist, a painter, and their destructive, mentally unstable wives. Jenks dropped the incomplete story of the painter and edited that of the writer. He also cut a separate chapter that Hemingway had labelled as a “provisional” ending for the book.
The resulting novel, treating the lives of just three …
Fleming, Robert E.. "The Garden of Eden". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 March 2007
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