Ernest Hemingway: The Oak Park Legacy

Ernest Hemingway: The Oak Park Legacy

Ernest Hemingway: The Oak Park Legacy

Ernest Hemingway: The Oak Park Legacy

Synopsis

'Oak Park, where Hemingway spent his childhood and adolescence, ...had an influential role in shaping the man and the writer. His volume of fresh and insightful essays provides extended and focused discussion of issues central to Hemingway's literary identity. -- Susan F. Beegel, The Hemingway Review

Excerpt

James Nagel

The essays in this collection, all of them published here for the first time, were presented as part of "Ernest Hemingway: the Oak Park Legacy," a conference held in Hemingway's hometown, July 17-21, 1993, under the sponsorship of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park. Although this volume contains a selection of the papers presented at the program, it cannot attempt to capture the energy and excitement that characterized the entire event, with the presentation of a new play (Lovely Walloona, written by Morris Buske) and tours of the Hemingway house, the Oak Park and River Forest High School, and the many Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the community. It was an exciting and informative three days for the hundreds of participants who attended the conference, a joyful tribute to the young man who grew up in this village to become a Nobel laureate for literature.

In addition to the scholars whose essays are here collected, many other people participated in the program and contributed to the informed discussion that enlivened the conference. One of the most intriguing events was a panel discussion devoted to "Hemingway in International Perspective," with Judy Hen (Israel), Xiaoming Huang (People's Republic of China), Carlos Azevedo (Portugal), Kazuhira Maeda (Japan), and Ove G. Swensson (Sweden) as participants. in more formal investigations of Hemingway's works, Joseph Waldmeier, John P. Weber, Robert Martin . . .

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