"It is almost as though they were fighting for billing on a tombstone" - John Steinbeck Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner are generally recognized as the most influential American novelists of the 20th century. Their careers paralleled one another in significant ways - two of their fledgling poems coincidentally appeared in the same avant-garde little magazine, and their first important books, The Sun Also Rises and Soldier's Pay, were published in 1926; they died a year apart, almost to the day; each won the Nobel Prize. But the trajectories of these two lives and careers were also much different. Somewhat incredibly, given many of their mutual friends (and enemies), they never met. They kept their distance but also a wary eye on one another. This book is not only a valuable addition to literary scholarship, it is also a unique re-creation of an era in American culture and letters, especially of "the charmed circle" of Parisian expatriates. By reprinting the actual words of contemporary writers in excerpts of criticism - the praise, insults, and gossip drawn from jourbanals, diaries, and interviews - this book marks the invention of a new form of literary appreciation and commentary. It is as much biography as critique, a short, happy reference work that sometimes tells more about the commentators than their subjects. Among the writers on the writers, there is Sherwood Anderson, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Conrad Aiken, W. H. Auden, John Dos Passos, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Wyndham Lewis, Katherine Anne Porter, Allen Tate, Erskine Caldwell, H. L. Mencken, Henry Miller, Thomas Wolfe, Mary McCarthy, Edmund Wilson, Lillian Ross, and many others. Hemingway and Faulkner In Their Time has a chronological drift, and is capped by Faulkner's acid observations on Hemingway and vice versa. The narratives of Rovit and Waldhorn provide the cement that holds this mosaic portrait of the artists - observed and as observers - together.
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About the Author
EARL ROVIT is Professor Emeritus of English, The City College of New York, and is the author of Ernest Hemingway as well as several novels. Earl Rovit and Arthur Waldhorn are Professors Emeriti of The City College and veteran Hemingway scholars. They live in New York City.
ARTHUR WALDHORN is also Professor Emeritus of English, CCNY, and the author of A Reader’s Guide to Ernest Hemingway among other books.
Table of Contents
Table of ContentsI. The 1920s: The Beginnings: Storytellers and their Friends in Paris Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941); Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961); William Faulkner (1897- 1962) Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967) F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) John Dos Passos (1896-1970) Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982) Robert McAlmon (1896-1956) Isidor Schneider (1896-1977) Sylvia Beach (1887-1962) Conrad Aiken (1889-1973) Harry Crosby (1898-1929) Edmund Wilson (1895-1972)II. Sounds of the South John Peale Bishop (1892-1944) Evelyn Scott (1893-1963) Caroline Gordon (1895-1981 Donald Davidson (1893-1968) Allen Tate (1899-1979) John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974) Thomas Wolfe (1900-38) Erskine Caldwell (1903-87) III. The Poets Sing: On and Off Key Ezra Pound (1885-1972) T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) Louise Bogan (1897-1970) Hart Crane (1899-1932) Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) Robert Frost (1874-1963) Hilda Doolittle [H.D.] (1887-1961) E.E.Cummings (1894-1962) Theodore Roethke (1908-63) Elizabeth Bishop (1911-79)IV. Other Voices: The 1930s Edith Wharton (1862-1937) Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945) H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980) Henry Miller (1891-1980) Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) Josephine Herbst (1897-1969) Glenway Wescott (1901-87) Kay Boyle (1902-92)The 1940s Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) Dawn Powell (1897-1965) John Steinbeck (1902-68) Hamilton Basso (1904-70) John O'Hara (1905-70) Richard Wright (1908-60) William Saroyan(1908-81) Nelson Algren (1909-81) Wright Morris (1910-98)The 1950s James Thurber (1894-1961) Ramon Guthrie (1896-1973) Kenneth Burke (1897-1993) Malcolm Cowley (1898-1989) E.B. White (1899- 1985) James T. Farrell (1904-79) Robert Penn Warren (1905-89) W.H. Auden (1907-73) Eudora Welty (1909-2001) Tennessee Williams (1911-83) Mary McCarthy (1912-89) Delmore Schwartz (1913-66) Ralph Ellison (1914-94) Flannery O'Connor (1925-84) Lillian Ross (1927-) V. The Exalted Larks Hemingway on Faulkner; Faulkner on Hemingway Bibliographical MaterialsWorks CitedAcknowledgements