Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 5, November

Stephen Crane and the Secret Agent
Crane asked to meet Joseph Conrad when he came to England, en route to the Greco-Turkish War, in 1897. The two literary impressionists admired each other's artistry and struck up an immediate friendship; they exchanged social visits and had many intense...
The Circle of Unmeaning: Beckett's "Come and Go"
By creating a circular pattern of unmeaning, Samuel Beckett writes "Come and Go" with a lack of signification so great that the language of the play takes on a hyper static (or hypermetrical) nature. Beckett does so with an examination of particularly...
The Sun Also Rises: Is Romero Really a Hero Figure?
In a classic essay in Hemingway studies, "The Death of Love in The Sun Also Rises" (1962), Mark Spilka says that this novel is a parable wherein Jake and his friends demonstrate the death of love in the post-war waste land. By contrast, the nineteen-year-old...
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