The "Lost Generation" and World War I
In her study of the impact of World War I on a range of American modernists, Zorzi devotes her greatest attention to Hemingway. Notes that while John Dos Passos and others drew on personal experience in their thematic explorations of the senselessness of war, F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner nourished their imaginations through reading and research. Discusses Hemingway’s reliance on both to capture places and events of which he had no direct knowledge, such as the retreat at Caporetto described in A Farewell to Arms. Also discusses the author’s early poetry, vignettes from In Our Time, Across the River and into the Trees, and short stories set in wartime Italy. Features a dozen black-and-white photographs. In English and Italian.