The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

"Ether in the Brain": Blunting the Edges of Perception in Hemingway’s Middle Period

Document Type

Essay

Citation

Boker, Pamela A. “‘Ether in the Brain’: Blunting the Edges of Perception in Hemingway’s Middle Period.” In The Grief Taboo in American Literature: Loss and Prolonged Adolescence in Twain, Melville, and Hemingway, 207-48. New York: New York University Press, 1996.

Annotation

Reads the works of the middle years as “the end of his ingenious and fertile love affair with the art of repression.” Sees “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” as Hemingway’s epiphany regarding the debilitating effects of defensively repressing grief, resulting in his later fiction directly addressing emotional pain and loss. Concludes that attempts at numbing pain through alcohol and non-thinking led to the destruction of artistic talent for both Harry and Hemingway.

Published in

The Grief Taboo in American Literature: Loss and Prolonged Adolescence in Twain, Melville, and Hemingway

Date

1996

Pages

207-248

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