The Narcissism Conundrum: Mapping the Mindscape of Ernest Hemingway Through an Enquiry into His Epistolary and Literary Corpus
Psycho-biographical study of Hemingway’s major protagonists as extensions of himself to reveal the extent of his obsessive narcissistic self-projection across his canon. Bharadwaj charts Hemingway’s self-fictionalization in three phases: childhood, youth, and twilight years; drawing numerous comparisons between the author and his heroes. Concludes that Hemingway’s suicide resulted from his inability to maintain the popular myth of the Hemingway hero. Includes analyses of The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Across the River and into the Trees, Islands in the Stream, and The Old Man and the Sea.