InThe Sun Also Rises caused a sensation among critics and fellow writers.
With the publication of A Farewell to Arms inhe achieved widespread fame, and despite a steady decline in the quality of his work thereafter, his fame continued to grow until his suicide in and beyond.
Striking evidence of this is the movie of The Old Man and the Sea; it's hard to imagine a book less suited to the big screen, and yet Hemingway's celebrity at the time of its publication was so massive that Hollywood had virtually no choice but to film the novella.
The publication of recovered fragments from the writer's unpublished oeuvre has never failed to make headlines worldwide, from A Moveable Feast in to the so-called "fictional memoir" True at First Light, in Like those of Shakespeare and Einstein, Hemingway's face is recognized by millions who have never read a word he wrote.
Hemingway achieved more than celebrity, however. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then he was a great writer indeed. Especially after reading A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway's influence is easy to discern in an enormous number of the writers who have followed him.
This influence has taken three forms: As the literary critic Leslie Fiedler argues in his study Love and Death in the American Novel, the classic American literary hero is a soldier, sailor, or cowboy who is brave, laconic, and ultimately alone.
From Hawkeye in James Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans through Moby-Dick's Ishmael and Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, these characters "light out for the territories" because they don't quite fit in polite society, and they quickly learn self-sufficiency in the wilderness, at sea, or in combat.
Hemingway, who identified Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as the source of all American literature, recognized this archetype, then updated and refined it.
The overriding theme of his stories and books was "grace under pressure" — specifically, the ability of "men without women" the title of an early story collection to remain calm and competent in the face of life-threatening violence.
Thus, Hemingway heroes like Frederic Henry stoically accept not only war wounds, but the pain of losing whom they love, as well. Think of Henry walking into the rain after the agonizing death of his lover and child at the conclusion of A Farewell to Arms.
Whether handling firearms, betting on horses, or ordering wine, they are almost scarily adept at what they do, and when the universe conspires to defeat them, they never complain.
The influence of the Hemingway hero can therefore be seen in many of the literary soldiers who followed in Henry's footsteps: Nearly every character Humphrey Bogart ever played onscreen was influenced by the Hemingway hero.
The Hemingway Style Hemingway's influence has been even more pronounced in the realm of prose style. In his first collection of stories and thereafter, he combined elements from Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and journalism to create a radically modern approach to the writing of sentences and paragraphs distinguished by the following hallmarks: An emphasis on nouns and verbs rather than adjectives and adverbs.
This is closely related to Hemingway's preference for the actual versus the abstract. Hemingway was fluent in three romance languages: French, Spanish, and Italian.
Each has a much smaller vocabulary than English, and yet each manages to be richly expressive. Hemingway may have been inspired by this phenomenon. Frequent repetition of the same words and phrases — a technique learned from Gertrude Stein. The best known sentences she ever wrote were "A rose is a rose is a rose" and "When you get there, there's no there there.
Instead of writing "I drank much wine because it was good," Hemingway writes "The wine was good. I drank much of it," merely implying the relationship. He thus forces us to be active readers, connecting the dots and filling in the blanks.
Many storytellers Salter, Chandler, McCarthy, and others have attempted to recapitulate Hemingway's themes while mimicking his prose style.
During the s and s, however, a group of American writers known as the Minimalists adopted the Hemingway style but rejected "grace under pressure" and so forth as distasteful and perhaps permanently outdated.
In her earliest stories, Ann Beattie wrote in the Hemingway style about well-off Baby Boomers paralyzed by the challenges of adulthood. Like Chandler and so many others, Beattie has specifically mentioned Hemingway as an inspiration, specifically the inter-chapter vignettes from In Our Time.
Raymond Carver's down-and-out drunks could hardly be less heroic, and yet the use of diction and syntax in his masterly short stories is profoundly indebted to Hemingway.Ernest Hemingway The most influential writer of his time, Ernest Hemingway was considered one of the prominent figures of the Lost Generation literary movement.
His background and journalism contributed to his unique style of writing from which he became known for. Regarding the influence of his prose itself, however, the Nobel Prize committee was correct when it rewarded Ernest Hemingway "for his powerful, style-forming mastery of the art of narration." He changed the way we write and read literature, and he changed it forever.
Michigan Hemingway Society Since , focusing on the Michigan influence in Ernest Hemingway's work, especially the Nick Adams Stories. The society holds . The Hemingway Review is a scholarly journal published twice a year by the Hemingway Foundation and Society. It specializes in researched scholarship on the work and life of Ernest Hemingway.
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Ernest Hemingway has been called the most influential writer of the twentieth century. In , The Sun Also Rises caused a sensation among critics and fellow writers.
With the publication of A Farewell to Arms in , Hemingway achieved widespread fame, and despite a steady decline in the quality.