Style, Politics, and Ernest Hemingway’s Spanish Civil War Dispatches
Investigates Hemingway’s reliance on his own eyewitness perspective in his reporting for NANA, a convention of 1930s journalism geared to persuade and engage readers. Defends the author against charges of biased reporting, arguing that emphasizing his perspective and signature style fulfilled his editor’s and readers’ expectations. Discusses the role of censorship, as well as Hemingway’s anxieties for his own safety and desire to continue reporting from inside Spain, in shaping his dispatches. Analyzes the author’s artful crafting, akin to creative nonfiction, in “A New Kind of War,” “American Veterans Tell of Escaping Insurgents,” and others.