A. E. Hotchner

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A. E. Hotchner
Born Aaron Edward Hotchner
(1920-06-28) June 28, 1920 (age 95)
St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality American
Occupation Writer
Spouse(s) Geraldine Mavor (1949-1969; her death)[1]
Ursula Robbins (1970-1995; divorced)[2]
Virginia Kiser (m. 2003)[3][4]

Aaron Edward "A.E." Hotchner (born June 28, 1920) is an American editor, novelist, playwright and biographer.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Hotchner was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Sally (Rossman), an administrator, and Samuel Hotchner, a lawyer.[4] He attended Soldan High School. In 1940, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in both history (A.B.) and law (J.D.).[6] He briefly practiced law, then served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a journalist during World War II. When the war was over, he decided to forgo the law and pursue a career in writing. Hotchner's articles appeared in the best magazines and journals of the time. He has also been an editor, biographer, novelist and playwright. In 1948, Hotchner met Ernest Hemingway and the two were close friends until Hemingway's death in 1961. Hotchner is best known for Papa Hemingway, his 1966 biography of Hemingway, whose work he had adapted for plays and television. His play Sweet Prince was produced Off-Broadway in 1982 at the Theater Off-Park, starring Keir Dullea and Ian Abercrombie.[7] King of the Hill is Hotchner's evocative memoir of his childhood in St. Louis during the Great Depression. It was made into a film in 1993, screen-written and directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Hotchner founded Newman's Own, Inc., with his friend and neighbor, actor Paul Newman, in 1982.[6] All profits from this successful line of food products and other ventures are turned over to charities, including the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp that they established[8] in 1988 for children with life-threatening illnesses.[6]

Hotchner lives in Westport, Connecticut.

Hotchner has been honored with a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.[9]

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • The Dangerous American (Random House, 1958)
  • Papa Hemingway (Random House, 1966)
  • Treasure (Random House, 1970)
  • King of the Hill (Harper & Row, 1973, ISBN 0-06-011964-0)
  • Looking for Miracles: A Memoir about Loving (Harper & Row, 1975, ISBN 0-06-011965-9)
  • Doris Day, Her Own Story (G. K. Hall, 1976, ISBN 0-8161-6391-X)
  • Sophia, Living and Loving : Her Own Story (Morrow, 1979, ISBN 0-688-03428-4)
  • The Man Who Lived at the Ritz (Putnam, 1981, ISBN 0-399-12651-1)
  • Papa Hemingway : The Ecstasy and Sorrow (Morrow, 1983, ISBN 0-688-02041-0)
  • Choice People : The Greats, Near-Greats, and Ingrates I Have Known (Morrow, 1984, ISBN 0-688-02215-4)
  • Hemingway and His World (Vendome, 1989, ISBN 0-86565-115-9)
  • Blown Away: The Rolling Stones and the Death of the Sixties (Simon & Schuster, 1990, ISBN 0-671-69316-6)
  • Louisiana Purchase (Carroll & Graf, 1996, ISBN 0-7867-0309-1)
  • The Day I Fired Alan Ladd and Other World War II Adventures (U. of Missouri Press, 2002, ISBN 0-8262-1432-0)
  • Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good: the Madcap Business Adventure of the Truly Oddest Couple Paul Newman and A.E. Hotchner, (Random House, 2003, ISBN 0-385-51159-0).
  • Everyone Comes to Elaine's (Harper Entertainment, 2004, ISBN 0-06-053818-X)
  • Paul and Me: 53 Years of Adventures and Misadventures with My Pal Paul Newman (Random House Digital, 2010, ISBN 0-385-53234-2)
  • O.J. in the Morning, G&T at Night (St. Martin's Press, 2013, ISBN 1-250-02821-3)


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1988/A-E-Hotchner-From-Hemingway-to-Newman-s-Salad-Dressing/id-ea14cd47b4995ba9945a7f8860911886
  3. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/nyregion/30routine.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1367532229-aAHL4+lNfpxLMX6SfeiNrw
  4. ^ a b http://www.encyclopedia.com/article-1G2-3415900117/hotchner-aron-e-dward.html
  5. ^ "A.E. Hotchner" HarperCollins website. Accessed February 21, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Caine, Susan Wooleyhan (Summer 2008) 'A Multi-Storied Life' WUSTL Magazine. Accessed February 22, 2013.
  7. ^ Hotchner's 'Sweet Prince' New York Times September 25, 1982.[dead link]
  8. ^ Lawson, Carol (September 9, 1997) Style CHRONICLE The New York Times Accessed February 21, 2013.
  9. ^ St. Louis Walk of Fame. "St. Louis Walk of Fame Inductees". stlouiswalkoffame.org. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 

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