I'm doing a comparison paper, and I think there is something in common between Joyce's and Hemingway's short story writing: concise but powerful. Is there any evidence that Hemingway's writing style was influenced by Joyce's?

  • Almost certainly, I would say, specifically because Hemingway considered the book 'Dubliners' as one of the 16 books any aspiring writer must read. – Lt. Commander. Data Jul 24 '20 at 15:51

Hemingway knew Joyce personally, as they were both expatriates in Paris at the same time. In 1923, the year Hemingway’s first collection of stories was published, Hemingway claimed that Joyce was “the best writer in the world.” (For that, and gossip about their drinking-buddies relationship, see the blogpost "James Joyce Picked Drunken Fights, Then Hid Behind Ernest Hemingway" on Open Culture, 3 November 2015.)

So yes, Joyce was a big influence on Hemingway, at least in his early years, though Hemingway quickly developed his own style.

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    Are you saying that the fact that Hemingway considered Joyce “the best writer in the world” is sufficient evidence for the claim that Joyce influenced Hemingway's writing style? That sounds a bit thin, doesn't it? – Tsundoku Jul 29 '20 at 14:46
  • @Tsundoku on the contrary, it would be rather extraordinary for a young journeyman writer to not be influenced by someone he’s read and admires greatly. – Kevin Troy Jul 31 '20 at 17:44

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