A.E. Hotchner is the author of 18 books, including Papa Hemingway, the 1966 internationally bestselling biography of his close friend Ernest Hemingway, and the memoir King of the Hill, which was adapted into the 1993 film by Steven Soderbergh. He is co-founder, with Paul Newman, of Newman’s Own Foods, which generates millions of dollars for charities every year.
Hotchner wrote about his long friendship with Hemingway in Papa Hemingway, and the highly acclaimed bestseller was published in 34 countries in 28 different languages. Mr. Hotchner has also written bestselling biographies of Doris Day and Sophia Loren. Two of Hotchner’s several novels, The Man Who Lived at the Ritz and Looking for Miracles, were dramatized on television, and his memoir of his St. Louis boyhood, King of the Hill, was produced as a feature film. Hotchner also wrote Blown Away, a book about the sixties and the Rolling Stones; a historical novel, Louisiana Purchase; a World War II memoir, The Day I Fired Alan Ladd; Everyone Comes to Elaine’s; Dear Ernest, Dear Hotch; The Boyhood Memoirs of A.E. Hotchner; and Paul and Me.
As a freelance writer, Hotchner wrote more than 300 articles and short stories for such publications as Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post, The New York Times, and Reader’s Digest.
A.E. Hotchner has also written for the theater. His play, The White House, starring Helen Hayes, was performed on Broadway, and in 1996, was performed in the East Room of the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton and an audience of distinguished guests. In 1993, a musical comedy which Hotchner wrote with Cy Coleman, Welcome to the Club, was also performed on Broadway. Hotchner wrote A Short Happy Life with Rod Steiger; The Hemingway Hero, starring Gary Merrill; and Sweet Prince, starring Keir Dullea. Two musicals he wrote with composer Cy Coleman, Exactly Like You and Lawyers, Lovers & Lunatics, were performed at New York’s York Theatre in 1999 and 2003.
Along with his writing career, Hotch’s accidental business venture with his long-time friend Paul Newman (whose first starring role was in “The Battler,” Hotchner’s first TV play) has turned into one of the country’s surprising success stories. Their “Newman’s Own” products generate millions of dollars of annual profit which is entirely contributed to a long list of deserving charities. One of the beneficiaries is the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which they built in Connecticut for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. They have sponsored sister camps in Florida, New York State, California, North Carolina, and internationally in France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Hungary, and Africa.
Mr. Hotchner was born and raised in St. Louis, where he received his LL.B, Doctor of Law, at Washington University. After practicing law for two years, Hotchner entered the Air Force, served with the Anti-Submarine command and emerged four years later a Major.Download Bio
Hemingway in Love
The Untold Story: A Memoir by A. E. Hotchner
In June of 1961, A. E. Hotchner visited a close friend in the psychiatric ward of St. Mary’s Hospital. It would be the last time they spoke—three weeks later, Ernest Hemingway returned home, where he took his own life. Their final conversation was also the final installment in a saga that Hemingway had unraveled for Hotchner over years of world travel. Ernest always kept a few of his special experiences off the page, storing them as insurance against a dry-up of ideas. But after a near miss with death, he entrusted his most meaningful tale to Hotchner, so that if he never got to write it himself, then at least someone would know. In characteristically pragmatic terms, Hemingway divulged the details of the affair that destroyed his first marriage: the truth of his romantic life in Paris and how he gambled and lost Hadley, the great love he’d spend the rest of his life seeking.
O.J. In the Morning, G&T at Night
Spirited Dispatches on Aging with Joie de Vivre
St. Martin's Press
Hotchner's book is a book of courageous advice, humorous wisdom, and, above all, good strategies for how to stay young at heart.
My Friend, Ernest Hemingway: A.E. Hotchner met Ernest Hemingway in Cuba in 1948, and the two hit it off right away, working together on Hotchner’s adaptation of Hemingway’s The Battler into a TV play, along with various other projects. In this speech, “Hotch” talks about his last 14 years with Hemingway.
Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good (i.e. The Joys of Giving): A.E. Hotchner tells the story of how he and Paul Newman parlayed a bottle of salad dressing into a major food company and philanthropic venture.
"O.J. in the Morning, Gin and Tonic at Night is better medicine than any doctor ever prescribed. I laughed myself silly reading this book. At 73, I find it makes me fully aware of the present–the gift of growing up with close friends and closer memories of those friends."
—Judy Collins, singer, activist, 70-something
"You don’t need to be an elder to appreciate this nonagenarian’s wise and witty take on getting older. All you need is a heart and a sense of humor. Bravo, Hotch."