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Ernest Hemingway : a study of the short fiction
Flora, Joseph M.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Twayne Publishers, [1989]

Physical Description:
xxi, 203 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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PS3515.E37 Z5938 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This is the only series to provide in-depth critical introductions to major modern and contemporary short story writers worldwide.

Each volume offers:

-- A comprehensive overview of the artist's short fiction -- including detailed analyses of every significant story

-- Interviews, essays, memoirs and other biographical materials -- often previously unpublished

-- A representative selection of critical responses

-- A comprehensive primary bibliography, a selected bibliography of important criticism, a chronology of the artist's life and works and an index

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Flora's three-part study consists of a five-chapter discussion of Hemingway's stories, ranging from juvenilia to posthumous work; Hemingway's prefaces to the 1938 collection and a planned-for 1959 collection of stories; and five brief critical essays. The skimpy critical selections--30 pages--poorly reflect the stories' critical history; the corrective is Paul Smith's A Reader's Guide to the Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway (CH, Dec'89). The prefaces are equally slight, showing Hemingway's least winsome public personae. And Flora's five chapters are also disappointing. In "Hemingway's Theory of the Short Story," Flora neither articulates nor illustrates a theory; rather, he devotes pages to David Bourne of the posthumous Garden of Eden, implying that Bourne's preoccupations with his craft mirror Hemingway's own notions, then reconstructs a lengthy but dogmatic reading of"A Clean-Well Lighted Place." In "Transcending Autobiography," Flora associatively roams among various stories without any sustained or discernible organizing principle. The remaining three chapters, chronologically ordered, attend to the stories of the 1930s, the seven Spanish Civil War stories, and "The Last Stories." The first is competent; but the latter two inappropriately spend one-fourth of the entire study on negligible work. In sum, a thin patchwork product of academic vagaries. Indexed with chronology and selected bibliography. -G. Brenner, University of Montana