Hemingway’s Wars: Public and Private Battles
Literary biography exploring Hemingway’s lifelong fascination with war and trauma beginning with his 1918 wounding in World War I and ending with his 1961 suicide. Wagner-Martin traces Hemingway’s development as a writer preoccupied with and influenced by the traumatic impact of both physical and emotional injury, discussing the author’s themes, experimental style, and narrative techniques to differentiate his war writings from one another. Explicates Hemingway’s journalism and major works, including in our time, In Our Time, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Across the River and into the Trees, and The Old Man and the Sea, drawing on manuscripts, letters, and a wealth of criticism. Includes extensive notes, critical bibliography, and index.