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Title

The Fear of Death: The Real Virus in Hemingway's "A Day's Wait"

Author

Walker Larson

Document Type

Article

Citation

Larson, Walker. "The Fear of Death: The Real Virus in Hemingway's 'A Day's Wait.'" The Hemingway Review 40, no. 1 (Fall 2020): 81-86.

Annotation

Hemingway's very short story "A Day's Wait" has received only passing critical interest that generally focuses on the relationship between father and son, yet, when taken together with historical context and records of Hemingway's own experiences with the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, it is clear that the story has strong ties to the global outbreak that killed more people than World War I. Details of the story indicate that its characters may be living under the shadow or memory of this terrible pandemic, and a subtle fear of death that spreads from one character to the next acts much like the virus that they dread.

Published in

The Hemingway Review

Volume

40

Issue

1

Date

2020

Pages

81-86

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