O’Neill and the Lost Generation: O’Neill’s Strange Interlude and Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms
Comparison study examining the cultural milieu of the Lost Generation found in Hemingway’s novel and O’Neill’s play. Though differing in focus, both works feature female protagonists traumatized by World War I who, in compensating for their losses, damage themselves sexually and emotionally. Murphy also focuses on the failure of religion to bring comfort or hope to either protagonist. Concludes that Hemingway and O’Neill shared a concern for the lost souls of the Lost Generation.