Title page for ETD etd-11172012-040424

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author DeFazio, Albert John III
URN etd-11172012-040424
Title A reassessment of the influence of Sherwood Anderson and Gertrude Stein upon Ernest Hemingway
Degree Master of Arts
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Squires, Michael G. Committee Chair
Centola, Steven R. Committee Member
Sorrentino, Paul M. Committee Member
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • novelist
Date of Defense 1985-08-05
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This study challenges the common assumption that Hemingway's early style is indebted to the work of Sherwood Anderson and Gertrude Stein and finds the evidence less than compelling. Unlike previous examinations, this study considers Hemingway's early journalism and correspondence as well as his first published fiction; additionally, it suggests models of influence other than Anderson and Stein, such as Ring Lardner and Stephen Crane.

Because the critical tradition most often identifies "repetition” and “colloquialisms" as bases for attributing influence to Anderson and Stein, I discuss those characteristics individually, concluding that Hemingway's debt to Stein's use of repetition and Anderson's use of colloquial style has been overstated. I also assess the individual style of each author and identify the fundamental differences among them. And, finally, I suggest promising avenues which may lead to new associations between Hemingway and the forces which helped to shape his style.

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