The fresh insights, fascinating interviews and new found facts to enlighten our understanding of Hemingway and his fiction--all this is promised by author and editorial blurb. What one gets, however, is a bunch of patched together data, most of it about as interesting and relevant as a social security card. All the new material--puzzling sojourns into Michigan history, harmless gossip about persons claimed as models for early stories--is supposed to reveal the pattern of Hemingway's life. The promise is that in his early fiction at least Hemingway altered little of what was really fact; that he just changed the names and ""heightened"" it a little. Under this aegis there is a lot of explicit identification of place and person with the early fiction, a peculiar exercise that yields no revelation. This method attempts to invoke the coherence of Hemingway's fiction, calling upon it in vain to give significance to a tedious anthill of fact and supposition. Included as well are three previously unpublished short stories of little literary merit, written when Hemingway was in high school.