Fifty Years of Hemingway Criticism (Hardback)
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Fifty Years of Hemingway Criticism (Hardback)

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A master of short story, novel, and nonfiction prose, Ernest Hemingway has been the subject of countless books, articles, and biographies. The Nobel-prize winning author and his work continue to interest academics, whose studies of his personal life are frequently intertwined with examinations of his writing. In Fifty Years of Hemingway Criticism, noted scholar Peter L. Hays has assembled a career-spanning collection of essays that explore the many facets of Hemingway-his life, his contemporaries, and his creative output. Although Hays has published on other writers, Hemingway has been his main research interest, and this selection constitutes five decades of criticism. Arranged by subject matter, these essays focus on the novels The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea, as well as the short stories "The Undefeated," "The Killers," "Soldier's Home," and "A Clean Well-Lighted Place." Other chapters explore Hemingway's relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald; teaching Hemingway in the classroom; and comparing Hemingway's work to writers such as Eugene O'Neill, Ford Madox Ford, and William Faulkner. When first published, some of these essays offered original views and insights that have since become standard interpretations, making them invaluable to readers. Easily accessible by both general readers and academic scholars, Fifty Years of Hemingway Criticism is an essential collection on one of America's greatest writers.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810892835
Number of pages: 278
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 236 x 159 x 25 mm


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Hays, a professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis, has collected his writings about Hemingway published over 50 years in such sources as The Hemingway Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Studies in Humanities. The 32 essays cover such topics as Hemingway's style, themes, and reading, autobiographical elements in his fiction, his debts to such writers as Herman Melville, Henry James, and William Faulkner, and teaching Hemingway. There are essays about the cinematic quality of his style, his clinical depression, and similarities between 'The Killers' and Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party. One of the most interesting essays explains parallels between F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises. Hays has updated the endnotes for older essays and provides an extensive bibliography. There is a name and title index, as well as seven photographs. The collection serves as a good introduction to Hemingway studies and also demonstrates the variety of approaches to interpreting his novels and stories. * American Reference Books Annual *
If you want to explore the works of Ernest Hemingway and gain surprising insight into the Nobel Laureate's life and timeless characters, the go-to scholar is University of California English professor emeritus Peter L. Hays of Sacramento. His collection of erudite essays, Fifty Years of Hemingway Criticism, includes a fascinating chapter that shows the simularities between Papa and James Bond. * The Sacramento Bee *
Peter L. Hays, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of California-Davis, has spent nearly half a century chronicling the many themes, suggestions, myths, legends, and ideas found in the fiction of Ernest Hemingway. In Fifty Years of Hemingway Criticism, Hays highlights both his pedagogic and scholarly contributions to Hemingway criticism in essays that blend literary analysis with accounts of teaching practice while tackling nearly every aspect of the author's career. Hays cuts a wide swath through the critical tradition surrounding Hemingway's work as he addresses dominant themes such as courage, fathers and sons, sex, rituals, male/female relationships, wounding, and artistic influence. With source material spanning over fifty years, the collection catalogues Hemingway criticism as much as Hemingway himself. . . . As a collection, Hays' book provides a wide range of classroom and critical possibilities. He grants credence to both major and minor texts, an important exercise when dealing with Hemingway's canonical weight, and his choices help us stay conscious of our scholarly choices, especially in a critical land- scape as vast as Hemingway's. . . Professor Hays has produced a significant collection of scholarly endurance meant to introduce and promote the reading, teaching, and studying of Ernest Hemingway. Readers of Hemingway will find something inherently important in Hays' collection, especially when realizing the man has spent the majority of his adult life wrestling with a literary giant. * The Hemingway Review *

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