Hemingway’s Modern Hymn: Music and the Church as Background Sources for "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen"
Argues the importance of Byzantine church music to the story. Gives historical information about the use of castrated boys in church choirs as well as Hemingway’s ancestral connection to church music. Characterizes the story as a “modern prose hymn,” which celebrates the defeat accompanying faith and makes a powerful statement about the human condition in the chaotic modern age.
Camastra, Nicole J. “Hemingway’s Modern Hymn: Music and the Church as Background Sources for ‘God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen.’” Hemingway Review 28, no. 1 (Fall 2008): 51-67.