The Gun and the Pen

The Gun and the Pen : Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and the Fiction of Mobilization

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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 the 1920s were 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 toshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0199744572
  • 9780199744572
  • 1,862,234

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deserve[s] high marks for its archival research, historical understanding, and reassessment of established views The Journal of American Studiesshow more

About Keith Gandal

Keith Gandal is Professor of English at Northern Illinois University. He is the author of The Virtues of the Vicious: Jacob Riis, Stephen Crane and the Spectacle of the Slum and Class Representation in Modern Fiction and Film.show more

Table of contents

PART I INTRODUCTION; PART II FITZGERALD, HEMINGWAY, FAULKNER, AND THE 1920S; PART III THE 1930S AND AFTER; AFTERWORD: HERE WE GO AGAIN: WORLD WAR II MOBILIZATION BLUES IN WILLIAM BURROUGHS'S JUNKY; NOTES; INDEXshow more