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A. E. Hotchner
Aaron Edward Hotchner

June 28, 1917(1917-06-28)
DiedFebruary 15, 2020(2020-02-15) (aged 102)
Alma materWashington University (A.B.), (J.D.)
Spouse(s)Geraldine Mavor (1949-1969; her death)[1]
Ursula Robbins (1970-1995; divorced)[2]
Virginia Kiser (m. 2003)[3][4]

Aaron Edward Hotchner (June 28, 1917 – February 15, 2020)[note 1] was an American editor, novelist, playwright, philanthropist and biographer.[6]

Hotchner was an editor, biographer, novelist and playwright. In 1948, he 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 also adapted for plays and television.

Hotchner's play Sweet Prince was produced Off-Broadway in 1982, at the Theater Off-Park, starring Keir Dullea and Ian Abercrombie.[7]

Hotchner died on February 15, 2020 in Westport, Connecticut at the age of 102.[8]


  1. Not 1920, as was often seen, though that is a date he himself has used.[5]


  1. "Author's Wife Dies at 51 in New York", The Calgary Herald, Jan. 9, 1969.[1] Accessed 2015-07-14
  2. Rosenberg, Joyce M. - "A.E. Hotchner: From Hemingway to Newman's Own Salad Dressing", Associated Press, Mar. 17, 1988.[2] Accessed 2015-07-14
  3. Buckley, Cara - "And the Parrot Said, ‘Bonjour’", The New York Times, May 28, 2010.[3] Accessed 2015-07-14
  4. - Contemporary Authors, A.E. Hotchner.[4] Accessed 2015-07-14
  5. Barron, James (26 August 2018), He’s 101, Unless He’s Only 98. And He Just Wrote Another Novel., The New York Times,, retrieved 26 August 2018 
  6. "A.E. Hotchner" HarperCollins website. Accessed February 21, 2013.
  7. Rich, Frank - "Hotchner's 'Sweet Prince'", New York Times, September 25, 1982.[5] Accessed 2015-07-14
  8. A. E. Hotchner, Writer and Friend of the Famous, Dies at 102

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