The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

Silence: Hemingway's Periods

Document Type

Essay

Citation

Mitchell, Lee Clark. "Silence: Hemingway's Periods." In Mark My Words: Profiles of Punctuation in Modern Literature. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.

Annotation

On the psychological power and interpretive possibilities of punctuation. Uses "Chapter III" of In Our Time, "Hills Like White Elephants," "On the Quai at Smyrna," and other works to illustrate how Hemingway's use of periods leads to the "precipitousness of his laconic sentences" and the "heightened anxiety" of his style. Concludes with a contemporary example of Hemingway's influence, in the opening passages of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road (2006).

Published in

Mark My Words: Profiles of Punctuation in Modern Literature

Date

2020

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