The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

Ernest Hemingway Swinging the Blues and Taking Nothing

Author

Albert Murray

Document Type

Essay

Citation

Murray, Albert. “Ernest Hemingway Swinging the Blues and Taking Nothing.” In The Blue Devils of Nada: A Contemporary American Approach to Aesthetic Statement, 143-221. New York: Pantheon, 1996.

Annotation

Contends that Hemingway, in his narrative pace, precision, and desire to capture as accurately as possible human experience and feeling, qualifies as an “honorary blues musician.” Surveys Hemingway’s aesthetic and storytelling principles, relying on the author’s own commentary on the art of writing in his nonfiction and interviews. Covers a range of topics in his discussion of Hemingway’s canon, including Hemingway’s sublimation of the political and ambivalent treatment of nature. Explores at length his treatment of African Americans and interest in Africa and primitivism.

Published in

The Blue Devils of Nada: A Contemporary American Approach to Aesthetic Statement

Date

1996

Pages

143-221

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