Hemingway: So Far from Simple
Argues against those who find Hemingway’s writing superficial and artless, showing how Hemingway’s careful attention to style and lifelong concern with his career as a writer earned him the title of one of America’s most important and influential authors. Draws on Hemingway’s correspondence, A Moveable Feast, his statements about art, and the postmodernist writings of Foucault, Deleuze, and Said to trace Hemingway’s evolving style in relation to changing times. Analyzes the major works chronologically, devoting greatest attention to those suffering from critical neglect such as Green Hills of Africa and Death in the Afternoon. The first portion of the study focuses on Hemingway’s emerging modernist style in In Our Time, The Sun Also Rises, and A Farewell to Arms. The middle portion deals with Hemingway’s writings of the 1930s, exploring his shift away from modernism toward a gradually developing social and political awareness found in Green Hills of Africa, Death in the Afternoon, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and To Have and Have Not. Concludes with an analysis of The Old Man and the Sea and A Moveable Feast.