Hemingway Week: The Sun Also Rises

When I first read The Sun Also Rises (1926) by Ernest Hemingway, I was an undergraduate student in a class on American Modernism.  My professor was a tall bald man who said the word “modernity” in a nasally voice at least 100 times every class period.  It was hard not to laugh and smirk when… Continue Reading →

Hemingway Week: Short Stories

I’ve read a few different short story collections by Ernest Hemingway.  Here are my musings on some of the specific stories in those collections. “Soldier’s Home,” from the collection In Our Time (1925), is a product of Modernism, a literary and social movement surrounding World War I in which the world experienced dramatic change.  Harold… Continue Reading →

Hemingway Week: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Although loss of faith is characteristic of the Modernist era, Ernest Hemingway does not shy away from using religious themes in his novels.  One of the most striking examples is the use of Biblical references in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940).  Hemingway uses Biblical imagery as a way of showing his characters’ religious devotion… Continue Reading →

Hemingway Week: Bitch Goddesses

Warning: This post explores the literary term “bitch goddess,” and I therefore use that word frequently.  I understand that this is offensive and upsetting to some people, so please don’t take it personally and please don’t read this post if strong language offends you. Female characters in Hemingway’s work are often called “bitch goddesses,” who… Continue Reading →

Hemingway Week: A Farewell to Arms

I enjoyed reminiscing about Ernest Hemingway’s books so much while reading and posting on The Paris Wife, that I’ve decided to post five days this week on the works of Ernest Hemingway.  I’ll be using a lot of the information from the class I took during my Master’s degree on Hemingway, and I’ll share some… Continue Reading →

Wrapping Up A Week of Non-Fiction

Today is the final post on some of the most compelling and interesting non-fiction books I’ve read.  If you’d like to see the ten books I previously highlighted this week, please visit Post One or Post Two. As you can see from the picture, the patrons at my county library have loved and worn this… Continue Reading →

Literary Wives: Gaining Perspective on Zelda

I’ve always thought that Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, was crazy.  In a bad way.  I dismissed her and often thought negatively of her.  This point of view is usually reinforced by what I’ve read about her, mostly fictional appearances, like in The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. But thanks to… Continue Reading →

On My Bookshelf, No. 6

I have what builders call a “plant shelf” in my master bedroom.  When my husband and I first moved into our home thirteen years ago, I had no idea what to put on that shelf.  I tried some leftover wedding flowers and random plants, but it didn’t look good at all.  As I began collecting… Continue Reading →

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