Hemingway’s Disappearing Style
Examines the role of commercial magazines in the production of modernist literature, focusing on Hemingway’s associations with Esquire and Life. Harris chronicles Hemingway’s twenty-year relationship with Esquire as a contributor of columns and short fiction before moving into an examination of the author’s frequent appearances in Life as subject matter and the dual publication of The Old Man and the Sea in Life and as a Scribner’s novella. Harris posits The Old Man and the Sea as both a biography of the author’s turbulent career and as the last phase of his literary style. Discusses Hemingway’s preoccupation with the ephemerality of mass periodical publication as well as his resurgence in popularity and legacy.
On Company Time: American Modernism in the Big Magazines