An analysis of Earnest Hemingway and "A Farewell to Arms."

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There were so many great author's in the twentieth century, to be considered one of the best is a tremendous compliment, and Earnest Hemingway has received the compliment many times. In addition, one of his most popular books, "A Farewell to Arms", has been considered a classic to many. Both the author and his work have received this recognition for good reason. Hemingway has put together many pieces of work that have touched the hearts and lives of many, he even received a Nobel Peace Prize for literature in 1954 for his book, The Old Man and the Sea. Ernest Hemingway was a literary genius and that is exemplified through his writing.

Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1899. He got his first job as a reporter for the Kansas City Star at the age of eighteen. At age nineteen he was did service in Italy with the American Red Cross.

And then had his first major work published in 1923, Three Stories and Ten Poems. Hemingway's works have been criticized and highly proclaimed for this creative use of stylistic elements and his lyricism. As Daniel J. Schneider writes, "The strength of Hemingway's novels is explained best by noting that they are in spirit and in method closer to pure lyric than to epic. They attempt to sustain perfectly a single emotion: they begin with it and they end with it."(Schneider, 9) Hemingway puts a lot of emotion into his writing; it isn't always so noticeable but it is there. If that is a good or bad thing is what hasn't yet been determined. As Schneider continues, "Hemingway's art has both virtues and the limitations of lyricism: maximum intensity on the one hand, extremely limited range on the other."(Schneider, 13) By putting so much emotion into...