The Gun And The Pen: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, And The Fiction Of Mobilization

 The Gun and the Pen: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and the Fiction of Mobilization PDF Text fb2 book

Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner stand as the American voice of the Great War. But was it warfare that drove them to write? Not according to Keith Gandal, who argues that the authors' famous postwar novels were motivated not by their experiences of the horrors of war but rather by their failure to have those experiences. These 'quintessential' male American novelists of ...

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 31, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780195338911
ISBN-13: 978-0195338911
ASIN: 019533891X
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 6.2 inches
Amazon Rank: 3135692
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The book looks at the works of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner from a unique and historically relevant perspective--one that has been instrumental in shaping the fiction of that era. The Gun and the Pen is also a title that resonates with meaning...



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ere all, for different reasons, deemed unsuitable as candidates for full military service or command. As a result, Gandal contends, they felt themselves emasculated--not, as the usual story goes, due to their encounters with trench warfare, but because they got nowhere near the real action. Bringing to light previously unexamined Army records, including new information about the intelligence tests, The Gun and the Pen demonstrates that the authors' frustrated military ambitions took place in the forgotten context of the unprecedented U.S. mobilization for the Great War, a radical effort to transform the Army into a meritocratic institution, indifferent to ethnic and class difference (though not to racial difference). For these Lost Generation writers, the humiliating failure vis-à-vis the Army meant an embarrassment before women and an inability to compete successfully in a rising social order, against a new set of people. The Gun and the Pen restores these seminal novels to their proper historical context and offers a major revision of our understanding of America's postwar literature.