What Do I Read Next?
- The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition (1987) collects all of Hemingway’s short stories. As a body, they are truly remarkable, but the early stories—‘‘Big Two-Hearted River,’’ ‘‘Ten Indians,’’ ‘‘Cat in the Rain,’’ ‘‘A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,’’ and many others—are haunting for the way that they embody Hemingway’s ‘‘iceberg’’ principle of writing, in which a writer should leave out seven-eighths of the information in the story.
- Hemingway’s most famous novel is The Sun Also Rises (1927). Its description of aimless Americans wandering around France and Spain is exhilarating, distasteful, and angering all at once.
- If The Sun Also Rises is the best-known fictionalization of the ‘‘Lost Generation,’’ Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast (1964) is the most famous nonfiction description of life in Paris in the 1920s, the milieu of such famous artists and writers as Man Ray, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and Picasso. Another excellent portrait of the same time and same people is Robert McAlmon and Kay Boyle’s Being Geniuses Together 1920-1930, an interesting experiment in which Boyle and McAlmon alternate chapters describing their life as members of the Lost Generation. Finally, this hard-drinking crowd spent a good deal of time in bars, and Jimmie Charters was one of their favorite bartenders. His book, This Must Be The Place (1927), features an introduction by Hemingway and tells chatty stories of the same people.
- In ‘‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge’’ (1891), the American writer Ambrose Bierce provided Hemingway with the structural model for ‘‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’’: a man, about to die, who miraculously escapes death and takes the reader on a flight of fancy, only to realize that he...
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