Hemingway and His Critics
Review of The Fifth Column and the First Forty-nine Stories, assessing the play as inferior because it is written by “Hemingway the man”; the stories, however, are excellent because they are the products of “Hemingway the artist.” Contends that The Fifth Column and To Have and Have Not’s reliance on first-person narration leads to disaster. Trilling also discusses the place “critical tradition” holds in Hemingway’s career. Previously published in Partisan Review 6 (Winter 1939): 52-60, and elsewhere.
The Moral Obligation To Be Intelligent: Selected Essays