"To Disarm Democracy": The 1940 Hemingway-MacLeish Exchange on Modernism as Subversion
Examines the 1940 public exchange between Hemingway and Archibald MacLeish regarding the moral influence of antiwar literature. Recounts the poet’s criticism of A Farewell to Arms, along other writings of the period, for its cynicism that leaves the younger generation morally defenseless against fascism. Lawrence dismisses MacLeish’s censure as absurd, attributing it to his changed political perception and to the fearful atmosphere in America before World War II.
North Dakota Quarterly