The World’s Most Interesting Man
Discusses various fictional works appropriating Hemingway’s life and writings. McFarland compares Michael Murphy’s portrayal of Hemingway in the semibiographical Hemingsteen (1978) with Keith Abbot’s Hemingway in his fantastical metafiction Rhino Ritz (1979) to illustrate the broad spectrum of speculative work regarding the author’s life. Concedes that such fictional pieces may lack scholarly value, but suggests their worth insofar as they prompt readers to revisit Hemingway’s fiction, which is ultimately the best means by which to understand the author.
McFarland, Ron. “The World’s Most Interesting Man.” Midwest Quarterly 54, no. 4 (Summer 2013): 414-30.