"He Was Sort of a Joke, In Fact": Ernest Hemingway in Spain
Criticizes previous literary scholarship characterizing Hemingway’s time in Spain in an overly celebratory and positive manner. Herlihy-Mera argues that the author’s experience with Spanish language, culture, and particularly the bullfight, was quite narrow. Cites evidence from Hemingway’s Spanish acquaintances, the negative critical reception of The Sun Also Rises and For Whom the Bell Tolls, and Hemingway’s own reflections on his relationship with the country in Death in the Afternoon, and elsewhere.
Herlihy-Mera, Jeffrey. “‘He Was Sort of a Joke, In Fact’: Ernest Hemingway in Spain.” Hemingway Review 31, no. 2 (Spring 2012): 84-100.