Faulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry
Biographical and analytical study examining Hemingway and Faulkner’s complicated and contentious relationship of more than three decades. Fruscione demonstrates through their fiction, nonfiction, correspondence, and public statements how each informed and influenced the writing of the other and how their competitive rivalry simultaneously hindered and supported their literary efforts. Fruscione analyzes their corresponding writings decade by decade, arguing that their allusive works “form a kind of modernist intertext that traces a narrative of intense rivalry, joint psychological influence, riffing, and complementary authorial-masculine performance.” Pairings include A Farewell to Arms with The Sound and the Fury (1929); For Whom the Bell Tolls with The Unvanquished (1938); and The Dangerous Summer and Green Hills of Africa with Go Down, Moses (1942) and Big Woods (1955).
Fruscione, Joseph. Faulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2012.