Art Matters: Hemingway, Craft, and the Creation of the Modern Short Story
A study of the aesthetics of Hemingway’s short stories. Beginning with the influences of Poe, Cézanne, Maupassant, and others, Lamb traces the evolution of Hemingway’s unique style, focusing on his use of omission and his refinement of impressionism and expressionism. Covers Hemingway’s innovations in narrative form, voice, point of view, and dialogue in addition to assessing his legacy. Explores numerous stories beginning with the early works of the 1920s and continuing roughly through 1939. Gives greatest attention to “An Alpine Idyll,” “Big Two-Hearted River,” “Cat in the Rain,” “Che Ti Dice la Patria?” “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” “Hills Like White Elephants,” “In Another Country,” “Indian Camp,” and “Now I Lay Me.” Along the way, Lamb constructs a critical apparatus (an analytic toolbox of terminology) for analyzing the short story as a separate genre worthy of serious critical study.