Hemingway: The Postwar Years and the Posthumous Novels
Critical biography arguing that Hemingway’s four posthumous works, A Moveable Feast, Islands in the Stream, The Garden of Eden, and the African journal, form a tetralogy of his vision of the artist “as writer and painter, and as son, husband and father” but that their publication history obscured their connection. Examines Hemingway’s focus on the life of the artist from childhood through middle age and use of memory, paired painter/writer character relationships, and thematic concern with the artist’s growth and decline over time. Argues that Hemingway’s distance from his fictional artists diminished in these later works, demonstrating the author’s own anxieties and fears. Asserts that despite his difficulties in completing the four works, Hemingway did intend them to be published after his death. Burwell devotes a chapter to each of the posthumous works, with the greatest attention given to Islands in the Stream. Extensive endnotes.