Fishing for Stories: What "Big Two-Hearted River" Is Really About
Manuscript study of the deleted ending, theorizing that Nick is recovering from feelings of entrapment by social demands rather than from psychological war wounds. Reading fishing as a metaphor for writing, Lamb interprets the story as a confession of Hemingway’s views on the nature and vocation of writing. Concludes with a discussion of Cezanne’s influence on the young author.
Modern Fiction Studies