The Critical Reception of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises
Surveys the eight decades of criticism devoted to the novel from initial 1926 reviews to the latest developments in Hemingway studies. Hays’s introduction provides an overview of the novel’s composition and publication history, covering the beginnings of detailed criticism in the late 1940s, expansion of the Hemingway industry in the 1960s and 70s, and impact of critical theories from the 1970s onward. In focusing on the range of criticism, Hays uncovers how the novel’s changing interpretations often reflect the critics and their cultural concerns more than the novel itself. Concludes that the scholarly industry on The Sun Also Rises shows no sign of abating.