Critical Insights: Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway's public persona and reputation, literary style, affinity with modern painting, and conception of character are among the subjects of these essays on the author's life and work. Readers will be introduced to Hemingway's life, described by Petrina Crockford in The Paris Review as an "adventurous life as brash and uncompromising as that of his greatest characters."
The shadow Ernest Hemingway casts over American literature is nothing less than colossal. Widely imitated, his distinctive prose style revolutionized American writing and deeply influenced an entire generation of minimalist authors like Raymond Carver and Susan Minot. His novels and short stories captured the essence of what Gertrude Stein called "the lost generation," the men and women who lived through World War I and were profoundly shaken by its violence and chaos, and launched Hemingway's reputation as an icon of stoical, American masculinity. This volume brings together a wide variety of criticism on major works like The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, and Hemingway's most widely read and anthologized short stories.
1.Career, Life, and Influence
This section discusses Hemingway's career and certain themes of his writings in fairly broad terms, along with a biography about the man behind the literature. The rest of the text examines the writings of Hemingway and their growing legacy.
These essays aim to provide a background to the author that is a historical, cultural, and biographical foundation for the reader.
Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the writer can then move on to other original essays that explore a number of schools of thought. These essays utilize common critical approaches to further analyze the author's work, or specific works according to the selected theme. Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes.
The volume's appendices offer a section of useful reference resources, including:
- A chronology of the author's life
- A complete list of the author's works and their original dates of publication
- A general bibliography
- A detailed paragraph on the volume's editor
- Notes on the individual chapter authors
- A subject index