Books October 1987
The androgynous Papa Hemingway
A review of Hemingway by Kenneth S. Lynn.
“It’s a hell of a nuisance once they’ve had you certified as nutty,” Nick said. “No one ever has any confidence in you again.”
—Ernest Hemingway, “A Way You’ll Never Be”
The posthumous publication last year of Ernest Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden—based on unfinished manuscripts that lay in the vault for more than twenty-five years after Hemingway’s death—created something of a double sensation in literary circles. Begun in 1946, this novel was intended by Hemingway to be his most extensive and mature treatment of the themes of good and evil, innocence and corruption, and sex in its relation to the literary art. But the size and complexity of his imaginative task and Hemingway’s physical injuries and illnesses, culminating finally in a full-blown case of depressive paranoia and his suicide in 1961, prevented him...
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