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Ernest Hemingway traveled to Madrid in March of 1937 to observe the Spanish Civil war firsthand. He reported on the war for the North American Newspaper Alliance. In March 1937, he traveled to Madrid to observe conditions firsthand. His observations and experiences provide the inspiration for the novel. The Spanish Civil War lasted from July 1936 - ...


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I don't know if he read them, but Hemingway owned two copies of 1984, see this list (p 275) of his books, cataloged by the JFK library. Here is a catalog of books Orwell owned at his death; it is not complete, and there are some books in it that are doubtful, so it can not be taken as any kind of proof, but there are no books by Hemingway in it.


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This referred to a lack of purpose and drive which was a consequence of having witnessed pointless death on such a huge scale. In the aftermath of the war there arose a group of young persons known as the "Lost Generation." The term was coined from something Gertrude Stein witnessed the owner of a garage saying to his young employee, which Hemingway later ...


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The final choice to make "A Moveable Feast" the title was made by Hemingway's fourth wife, Mary. It was supposedly suggested by Hemingway's friend, A. E. Hostner. While the Hemingway quote is certainly the source of the title, the phrase "A Moveable Feast" clearly predates Hemingway. It originally referred to a Roman Catholic feast not associated with a ...


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To my mind, the sentence misses at a few punctuation marks to make it grammatical, or at least easier to parse. When you interpret "once" as referring to "spoke" (i.e. "I remember how Gertrude Stein, ..., once spoke her admiration ..."), the syntax starts to make sense. The conjunctions "and" in "and I had just come ..." and "and I remember saying ..." are ...


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The sharks ate almost all of it, leaving only the skeleton, head, and tail. Excerpt from the text (emphasis mine): One came, finally, against the head itself and he knew that it was over. He swung the tiller across the shark’s head where the jaws were caught in the heaviness of the fish’s head which would not tear. He swung it once and twice and ...


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The idea of the “lost generation” is best seen in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises in which theme of emptiness looms large. The title itself, succinctly captures the idea in the Bible and in light of the biblical context, it is clearly pregnant with meaning. Here is the passage: The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. “Vanity ...


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Hemingway's generation was what William Strauss and Neil Howe called a "reactive" generation in their book Generations: A History of America's Future, 1584-2069. This is one of four generational "types" that rotate in an (almost) fixed sequence. (The most modern "reactive" generation is Generation X.) The "reactive" ...


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In Google books, one can preview page 353 of The Deer Park, where one finds the following text: and I tried to write my novel about bullfighting, but it was not very good. It was inevitably imitative of that excellently exiguous mathematician, Mr. Ernest Hemingway, and I was learning that it is not creatively satisfying to repeat the work of a good writer....


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I'll start with the simple question: "That is an accident" refers to being wounded. Hemingway wrote of being wounded as "an accident" in some of his other stories. Regarding "it": Henry becomes detached from reality after his injury. You can see it, for example, in the way he fails to respond and care for Catherine. This detachment and indifference is a ...


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After reading the part again I think it stands literally for the war itself. Since Henry serves in a medical unit he doesn't fight on the front and being in charge of the mechanics he might not actually see many wounded or dead. Then it would make sense to say that he doesn't see the war, after all we know that Henry stays in the village with other officers, ...


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The question asks why Hemingway included this story in A Moveable Feast. But it is not clear that he did include it! Hemingway died in 1961 before the book was finished; his widow Mary edited his notes into the first edition, published 1964, and in this edition the story does not appear. Whether this was due to Ernest’s intention or Mary’s judgement is now ...


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