Ernest Hemingway and Chicago
Moore Situates these modernist literary giants within important cultural, social, and historical currents of early twentieth-century Chicago, focusing on how their reaction against the commercialism of the Chicago art scene helped them to develop a new American modernism. Covers the impact of Hemingway’s Oak Park upbringing on his understanding of what it meant to be a good businessman, the early influence of Henry Blake Fuller, Edwin Balmer, Edgar Lee Masters, and Sherwood Anderson on the young writer’s developing artistic aesthetic and knowledge of the business of writing, and Hemingway’s efforts to be true to his art while also pleasing his publisher and reading public. Draws on correspondence, In Our Time, Death in the Afternoon, The Sun Also Rises, “The Killers,” and other stories in her discussion of Hemingway’s ambivalence about his position as both writer and businessman.
Chicago and the Making of American Modernism: Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald in Conflict