While his popularity waxed and waned during his lifetime, Hemingway's reputation among scholars remained strong as long as traditional scholarship dominated. New approaches beginning in the 1960s brought a sea change, however, finding grave fault with his work and making him a figure ripe for vilification. Yet during this time scholarship on him continued to appear. His works still sell well, and several are staples on high-school and college syllabi. A new scholarly edition of his letters is drawing prominent attention, and there is a resurgence in scholarly attention to-and approbation for-his work. Tracing Hemingway's critical fortunes tells us something about what we value in literature and why reputations rise and fall as scholars find new ways to examine and interpret creative work.
Laurence W. Mazzeno is President Emeritus of Alvernia University. Among other books, he has written volumes on Austen, Dickens, Tennyson, Updike, and Matthew Arnold for Camden House's Literary Criticism in Perspective series.
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Table of Contents
Spokesperson for the Lost Generation (1924-1932)
Writing on His Own Terms (1932-1952)
The Critics' Darling (1952-1961)
Posthumous Evaluations (1961-1969)
Calm Before the Storm (1980-1985)
A "Sea Change" in Hemingway Studies (1986-1990)
"Hemingway": Site for Competing Theories (1991-1999)
Old Themes, New Discoveries (2000-2010)
The Undisputed Champ Once More (2011-2014)
Conclusion: The Enduring Master
Major Works by Ernest Hemingway
BR> The Critics and Hemingway, 1924-2014 is both a convenient and an essential tool for students and scholars to get a handle on the breadth and depth of criticism on Ernest Hemingway. From Edmund Wilson reviewing Three Stories and Ten Poems and in our time in 1924 to the "Who's Who of Hemingway scholars" generating new angles of interpretation in recent collections, Laurence W. Mazzeno synthesizes a near-century's worth of commentary. This book allows readers to discover not only what's been said but why we can't seem to stop talking about Hemingway. --Kirk Curnutt, author of Coffee with Hemingway and Reading Hemingway's "To Have and Have Not"