Symbolism and Fiction

Symbolism and Fiction

Symbolism and Fiction

Symbolism and Fiction

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A few years ago we welcomed to our Department a colleague who had never before taught English literature. As a poet he had practised it; as a lawyer he had once taught law; and as Assistant Secretary of State he may even have prepared himself to cope with the complexities of academic life. Why should I not mention the honored name of Archibald MacLeish? Mr. MacLeish was anxious to meet the minds of the college generation, and incidentally to test the observation that William Faulkner had supplanted Ernest Hemingway as their literary idol. His first assignment required his class, as a sort of touchstone, to read and report on Mr. Hemingway "Big Two-Hearted River."

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