"News that Stays": Hemingway, Journalism, and Objectivity in Fiction
Concerns the influence of journalism on realistic fiction, challenging the belief that journalism was the training ground from which modernist authors such as Hemingway, Crane, and Cather developed their technique. Examines Hemingway’s adaptation of 1920s and 30s newspaper reports into short stories and book form, including excerpts from In Our Time and “Old Man and the Bridge.” Reads Hemingway’s craft and use of objective “data” as a way for the author to misdirect the reader and to deconstruct traditional literary approaches. Frus concludes that Hemingway’s employment of omission was ironic because although seemingly objective, it contained sentiment, politics, and bias.
The Politics and Poetics of Journalistic Narrative: The Timely and The Timeless
Frus, Phyllis. “‘News that Stays’: Hemingway, Journalism, and Objectivity in Fiction.” In The Politics and Poetics of Journalistic Narrative: The Timely and The Timeless, 53-89. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.