Cover Art Collage – A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Happy Sunday everybody! In today’s examination of cover art designs of Lost Generation novels, were going to look at Ernest Hemingway’s second novel, A Farewell to Arms, published in 1929. Set during World War I it follows the story of Frederic Henry, a lieutenant in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army. The main storylineContinue reading “Cover Art Collage – A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway”

Quotes from Aldous Huxley’s first novel, Crome Yellow (1921)

I recently finished reading Aldous Huxley‘s first novel, Crome Yellow (1921). For those who only know the author from Brave New World, this is very much a departure, focusing as it does on a young man’s summer holiday at an English country estate. Using this as a premise, Huxley sets up a series of episodesContinue reading “Quotes from Aldous Huxley’s first novel, Crome Yellow (1921)”

Cover Art Collage – Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

Hi everybody! Like most readers, I’ve always been interested in the cover designs of books, especially novels. As the old saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but let’s be honest, we all do to a degree. And publishers know this, spending great time and effort trying to come up with an eye-catchingContinue reading “Cover Art Collage – Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson”

The prose poetry of John Dos Passos’s Manhattan Transfer

The early work of John Dos Passos is among my favorite prose of the Lost Generation. While his magnum opus may be his USA Trilogy, his 1925 novel, Manhattan Transfer deserves more attention than it often gets as it was in this work that he begins to set up the experimental style that he wouldContinue reading “The prose poetry of John Dos Passos’s Manhattan Transfer”

The time Ernest Hemingway wrote “F— elephant hunting”

There are a few things that everyone seems to know about Ernest Hemingway – one of which is that he loved big game hunting. It’s a trait that has won him many critics as well as many followers. It features prominently in a number of his stories, with little to no sympathy for the animalsContinue reading “The time Ernest Hemingway wrote “F— elephant hunting””

James Joyce reading an excerpt from Ulysses

Back in 2014 I found myself living in Huntsville, Alabama, and very unhappy. One dark night I started planning a trip to see a couple friends, which eventually morphed into a solo 80 day trip around the United States, ostensibly to finish writing my first novel. I avoided flying whenever possible, resulting in many hoursContinue reading “James Joyce reading an excerpt from Ulysses”

Rare audio recording of Ernest Hemingway discussing his novel “Across the River and into the Trees”

Hey all. Yesterday’s post of a voice recording of F. Scott Fitzgerald reading Keats led me down the rabbit hole of recordings of other great writers of the period, none of whom I’ve actually heard speak. Reading their work, and seeing depictions of them in popular culture, forms an idea of their voice in yourContinue reading “Rare audio recording of Ernest Hemingway discussing his novel “Across the River and into the Trees””

Hemingway’s last novel: a gender-bending ménage à trois

I’ve long been a Hemingway fan, but much more of his earlier work then later, when hyper-masculinity and hunting seemed to take over. However, I recently finished reading his last published posthumous novel, The Garden of Eden, and saw his later years in a completely different light. A fascinating read, it throws a wrench inContinue reading “Hemingway’s last novel: a gender-bending ménage à trois”

Tattoo of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises

I don’t know how Ernest would feel about it, but here’s my wrist tattoo of the original artwork from his novel The Sun Also Rises. Done by J at Metamorph in Chicago, I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. The picture is from 2014 when it was crisp. It has since faded butContinue reading “Tattoo of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises”