Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 2, March

Ernest Thompson Seton, the Pathetic Fallacy, and Paul L. Errington's of Predation and Life
One of the most influential biologists of his day, Paul L. Errington (1902-1962) has since become known as a visionary environmental writer who counted Aldo Leopold as a steady correspondent and mutual influence. It is, however, another literary environmentalist,...
Frank O'Hara and "Why I Am Not a Painter"
While it is often claimed that O'Hara's use of language in his poems is similar to Pollock's use of paint in his abstract paintings, this notion fails to take into consideration the essential differences between the two mediums. Nowhere are these differences...
Hemingway and the Peninsular War
When I interviewed Martha Gellhorn for my biography of Hemingway, she told me that he'd been reading General Sir William Napier's History of the War in the Peninsula (1828-40) while writing For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). During the Spanish Civil...
Reversed Heroines in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues
Set at a basic training camp in Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1943, Biloxi Blues is the middle play in Simon's Brighton Beach Trilogy. In the opening scene, the trilogy's central character, Eugene, confides in the audience his objectives while in military...

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