Critical Insights: Ernest Hemingway by Eugene Goodheart (Editor)

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While Hemingway would return to Toronto in 1923, his first book, Three Stories and Ten Poems, would not be published in Canada or in the United States, but rather in Paris. Hemingway’s experience of the war and his subsequent experience of life as an expatriate in Paris had a profound impact on him, affecting his writing long after the war had concluded and he had left Paris. The influence of the events and atrocities he witnessed throughout the war and his romances during this time (which were, in essence, failed romances) was evident as early as 1925, when Hemingway made his American publishing debut with a collection of short stories appropriately titled In Our Time.

It should be said, however, that many readers did find—and still find—the love story beautiful and compelling. In its length and in its general wordiness, For Whom the Bell Tolls is a far cry from the kind of fiction with which Hemingway began (especially from the vignettes of in our time). It is an ambitious work on a 42 Critical Insights grand and epic scale, and it deals with war and politics directly in a way that is true of none of the other great Hemingway novels. Some readers found it a more conventional, less pathbreaking book than the best of Hemingway’s earlier efforts, but others welcomed the undeniable improvement it represented over the work that had disappointed so many readers and critics in the 1930s.

K. Hall, 1977. ____________, ed. Hemingway: Seven Decades of Criticism. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1998. 48 Critical Insights Toward a Definition of the Hemingwayesque and the Faulknerian Matthew J. Bolton Reviewing Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel No Country for Old Men for The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani observes: “Mr. ” The terms “Hemingwayesque” and “Faulknerian” serve as a remarkable sort of shorthand for talking about prose, evoking not merely each respective author’s recurring themes and preoccupations but also his distinctive and instantly recognizable style.

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