Blowing the Bridge: Essays on Hemingway and For Whom the Bell Tolls

Blowing the Bridge: Essays on Hemingway and For Whom the Bell Tolls

Blowing the Bridge: Essays on Hemingway and For Whom the Bell Tolls

Blowing the Bridge: Essays on Hemingway and For Whom the Bell Tolls


This collection of essays on Hemingway and For Whom the Bell Tolls provides a long overdue reassessment of this Spanish Civil War novel and demonstrates its centrality in the author's life and canon, reestablishing the book's status as an American masterpiece. Following Sanderson's introduction, the book begins with a reconsideration of Hemingway's career by Kurt Vonnegut. Ten literary essays by both well-known scholars and new voices follow. Employing a diversity of critical methods, including the biographical, historical, political, textual, ethical, feminist, religious, mythic, generic, and post-structuralist, these essays reveal the literary and historical richness of Hemingway's novel.


Most of the pieces in this collection first took shape at the "Hemingway in Idaho" Conference (June 1989), which was funded in part by the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; by the Boise State University (BSU) Student Programs Board; by the BSU Foundation; and by the BSU Hemingway Western Studies Center. As director of that conference, I had the pleasure of working with many enthusiastic friends and colleagues, including Jim Maguire (who first had the idea for the conference), Betty Maguire, Carol Martin, Gwen Kimball, Helen Lojek, Glenn Selander, Tom Trusky, Jim and Joni Hadden, Nina Ray, Alan Virta, Jim Baker, and Larry Burke.

In addition, John de Groot, Tillie Arnold, the Hemingway Society, the Nature Conservancy, the Sun Valley Company, the Ketchum Public Library, and the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library in Boston deserve recognition for variously facilitating the conference, and thus indirectly this book.

I want to thank my contributing authors for their confidence in this project and for their many helpful suggestions. For their continuing support of scholarship, I thank John, Patrick, and Gregory Hemingway. I am also grateful to Cynthia Harris of Greenwood Press for her accessibility, patience, and editorial expertise. Special thanks go to Susan Beegel, Ruth Prigozy, Jackson R. Bryer, and Robert Lewis for their invaluable advice and encouragement.

Most of all, however, I want to thank my husband, Ken, who has been a constant helpmate through it all.

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