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Did James Joyce's writing style influence Ernest Hemingway?

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 ...
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What does "nada y pues nada" mean in Ernest Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"?

I am not looking for a direct translation, but rather how this passage fits into the story as a whole. It was only that and light was all it needed and a certain cleanness and order. Some lived in it ...
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Is there any evidence that George Orwell read 'For whom the bell tolls'? Did Hemingway read 'Homage to Catalonia' or (later) '1984'?

Orwell was familiar with Hemingway, who was already very famous by the 1920s. Mostly Orwell was quite scathing about Hemingway, because of his macho image. Hemingway was relatively favourable towards ...
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Switch from first- to third-person narration in “To Have and Have Not”

Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not is divided into three parts, each of which follows Harry Morgan as the main character. The first part is narrated by Harry in the first person, while the other two ...
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In "To Have and Have Not", what is Harry Morgan's motivation to betray the Chinese immigrants?

Having just reread Hemingway's novel To Have and Have Not, I'm fuzzy on the protagonist's motive for his betrayal of the Chinese immigrants. It's not hard to understand why this former cop has turned ...
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How to help the high schooler (in China) understand what is so great about The Old Man and the Sea?

The Old Man and the Sea, the translated version, is a recommended book for high school students nationwide in China (China has nationwide syllabuses). But I find my son and his classmates seem not ...
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What does the "he/him" refer to in "I'll try to get him to work far out" in The Old Man and the Sea?

I began to read The Old Man and the Sea recently. I'm reading a paperback but for the question I'm using the link to Gutenberg. Soon after I started to read the book, I found I did not understand what ...
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Did Hemingway write about intentional contagion during World War I?

I have this vague recollection about Hemingway writing, in one of his novel, about intentional contagion of infection; it seems to me there is a character, near a trench, offering a cigarette pack ...
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What did Hemingway mean by "the setting of the sun is a difficult time for all fish"?

In Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, the Old Man has hooked a huge marlin, which is pulling his boat out to sea. Meanwhile, using another line, he has caught a "dolphin" (meaning a ...
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What does "It was like saying goodbye to a statue" mean in the ending to "A Farewell to Arms"?

What does Hemingway mean by this line at the end of A Farewell to Arms? “It was like saying goodbye to a statue”
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What is the meaning of "broads" in Hemingway's short story Fifty Grand?

What is the meaning of "broads" in Hemingway's short story Fifty Grand? Here's the context: The three of us, Jack Brennan, Soldier Bartlett, and I were in Hanley’s. There were a couple of ...
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How much of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is based on real events?

Ernest Hemingway wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls, the story of an American soldier fighting in the Spanish Civil War, a few years after his own experiences as an American journalist reporting on the ...
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Why is Hemingway's generation a ‘lost generation’?

I recently began reading Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast. In it, Hemingway and his contemporary Americans are described as a ‘lost generation’: It was when we had come back from Canada and were ...
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A Farewell To Arms - Dialogue between Henry and the priest in chapter XI

The following part of the dialogue puzzles me: "What's the matter, father? You seem very tired." "I am tired but I have no right to be." "It's the heat." "No. This is only the spring....
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Why did Hemingway include the following in his book, the Moveable Feast?

Towards the end of his book, The Moveable Feast, about his times as an expatriate American in Paris, he quotes a conversation he overhears in an Inn, somewhere in the Swiss Alps which he is visiting ...
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Is Hemingway's poem entitled MITRAILLIATRICE or MITRAIGLIATRICE?

I read -- a few months ago -- Hemingway's juvenilia poetry & short-story collection stoically entitled Three Stories & Ten Poems. It was published in the early 1920s -- I think 1923, but I've ...
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Does anybody know where the Hemingway reference is located in The Deer Park?

I am rather enamoured by the late Norman Mailer. He wrote a letter to the late Ernest Hemingway in 1955. It is as follows: TO ERNEST HEMINGWAY —because finally after all these years I am ...
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Was Hemingway schizophrenic?

Surrounding the death of Ernest Hemingway, there are declarations that he suffered vigilance from the FBI. It is also said that he believed badly that he was being checked at every turn by goverment ...
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How's this sentence by Hemingway grammatical: 'Once I remember Gertrude Stein talking of bullfights spoke of her admiration for Joselito'?

U Iowa Prof. Brooks Landon Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin. Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses) (2013). p. 229 Bottom.         Now that ...
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In "The Old Man and the Sea" why doesn't the Old Man recognize that the fish is a marlin

When I read the book as a kid, I was certain that the "fish" is a narwhal. I'm rereading it now, many years later, and a quick Google search told me I was wrong all these years: the fish is a marlin. ...
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The Old Man And The Sea - why didn't Santiago cut up at least part of the Marlin, and stored them on board of the skiff?

In Hemingway's book The Old Man And The Sea, after catching the mighty Marlin, and coming to the conclusion that the sharks are probably going to consume the entire Marlin - why didn't Santiago just ...
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In "The Old Man and the Sea", what happened to the ridiculous fish?

In the pretty end of Hemingway's story 'The Old Man and The Sea', was the fish all eaten by sharks? Did Santiago have his own share?
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Are the numerous hunger references attributed to the title of A Moveable Feast?

In Ernest Hemingway's memoir, A Moveable Feast, there are several references to hunger, both physically and metaphorically. There are so many sorts of hunger. In the spring there are more. But ...