The Hemingway Bibliography
 

Title

A Clean Well-Lighted Place

Author

Alberto Lena

Document Type

Book Chapter

Citation

Cirino, Mark and Susan Vandagriff, eds. Reading Hemingway's Winner Take Nothing: Glossary and Commentary. Kent, OH: Kent State UP, 2021.

Annotation

Annotates and comments, often line by line, on familiar and obscure details and allusions to the people, places, things, events, and other references found in the story. Opens with a discussion of the story's composition history and cultural context before moving into an explication beginning with the title and closing with the story's final lines on the old waiter's stoic triumph over the darkness of despair. Covers topics such as the symbolism of the old gentleman and the quiet café, connections to Spanish painter Francisco de Goya's life and art, and ambiguity of the waiters' dialogue.

Date

2021

Pages

33-48

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