Ernest Hemingway, 1917-1918: First Work, First War
Examines Hemingway’s letters to his parents and sisters while a cub reporter in Kansas City and later as a volunteer ambulance driver at the Italian front. Concludes that the exaggeration in these early letters, intended to dominate, impress, and gain approval, reveals the initial stages of Hemingway’s lifelong obsession with creating and perfecting a sophisticated and accomplished public image.
Paul, Steve, Gail Sinclair, and Steven Trout, eds. War + Ink: New Perspectives on Ernest Hemingway’s Early Life and Writings. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2014.