The Hemingway Bibliography


Vonnegut and Hemingway: Writers at War

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Broer, Lawrence R. Vonnegut and Hemingway: Writers at War. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2011.


Comparative study arguing that “Vonnegut’s life and work exist as a veritable palimpsest of Hemingway’s.” Broer examines their shared legacy of childhood trauma, disabling war experience, and depression and its impact on their writing, contending that despite Vonnegut’s numerous attempts to exorcise Hemingway’s ghost, his fictional self-creations mirrored the Hemingway hero’s quest for wholeness and psychic balance. Pairing works such as The Sun Also Rises with Mother Night (1961); A Farewell to Arms with Slaughterhouse-Five (1969); and Death in the Afternoon with Breakfast of Champions (1973), Broer demonstrates how each “artist warrior” was not only at war with himself but also with the concept of war itself. The study closes with an examination of Hemingway’s discovery of the transformative power of the buried feminine self in his later works, including For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, Islands in the Stream, The Garden of Eden, and Under Kilimanjaro.



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