Hemingway’s Dark Night: Catholic Influences and Intertextualities in the Work of Ernest Hemingway
Critical study of Hemingway’s conversion and lifelong practice of Catholicism and the influence of Catholicism on his major works of fiction. Nickel provides a close reading of In Our Time, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Across the River and into the Trees, The Old Man and the Sea, “The Gambler, The Nun and the Radio,” “A Natural History of the Dead,” “Now I Lay Me,” and other works within their geographical and historical contexts to reveal patterns of spiritual ritual, sacrament, and pilgrimage. Draws on unpublished letters as well as the writings of Dante, Eliot, and Baudelaire in his analysis of Hemingway’s religious vision.
Nickel, Matthew C. Hemingway’s Dark Night: Catholic Influences and Intertextualities in the Work of Ernest Hemingway. Wickford, RI: New Street Communications, 2013.