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Ernest Hemingway's literary career was shaped by the remarkable contexts in which he lived, from the streets of suburban Chicago to the shores of the Caribbean islands, to the battlefields of World War I, Franco's Spain and World War II. This volume examines the various geographic, political, social and literary contexts through which Hemingway crystallized his unmistakable narrative voice. Written by forty-four experts in Hemingway studies, the comprehensive yet concise essays collected here explore how Hemingway is both a product and a critic of his times, touching on his relationship to matters of style, biography, letters, cinema, the arts, music, masculinity, sexuality, the environment, ethnicity and race, legacy and women, among other topics. Fans, students and scholars of Hemingway will turn to this reference time and again for a fuller understanding of this iconic American author.


'Moddelmog and del Gizzo have given us a concise, content-rich collection that functions as a one-volume seminar on the life and work of the author. The contributor’s list is a Who’s Who of Hemingway scholars and represents the most recent work being done in the field. Any student, scholar, or teacher of Hemingway will find something beneficial in this book; it is a testament to the contributors that the writing is accessible, lively, and informative … this collection is as close to a fully contextualized portrait of the author as we have. Ernest Hemingway in Context is a valuable contribution to this field; it gathers a variety of voices and viewpoints into a single, handsome volume that adds another level of depth to an already nuanced conversation. Regardless of their critical perspectives, newcomers and veterans alike will appreciate the range of topics and resources available in the text.'

Michael D. DuBose Source: The Hemingway Review

'Ernest Hemingway in Context provides an invaluable guide for 21st century readers and scholars to explore the intricacies of Hemingway, a commanding and complicated figure in modern literature whose well-known persona is constructed along fault lines of gender, sexuality, race, and nationality that shift and rumble beneath our feet.'

Scott Donaldson - author of Hemingway vs Fitzgerald: The Rise and Fall of a Literary Friendship

'Every student or reader of Hemingway's writing must own this book. From the brilliant new critics to the long-established ones, Professors Moddelmog and del Gizzo have included a range of perspectives that are consistently illuminating - and often unexpected. Forty-four newly-conceived essays comprise Ernest Hemingway in Context and lead readers to a number of expanded and interesting conclusions. Wars and oceans, films and magazine coverage - this book is truly useful.'

Linda Wagner-Martin - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

'The study of Hemingway as author and fascinating cultural icon continues unabated and is continually being refreshed by new scholars and their expanding insights as this reference so fully exemplifies.'

Scott Schwar Source: La Busca

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