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Re: [Hemingway-Book-Club] Proposed 2012 Hemingway Book Club Reading List

From: Joseph R.
Sent on: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 5:28 PM
I think that it is a given that all of Ulysses has to be read almost in 
its entirity to make any sense. I propose a similar literary force 
whose novels can be read singularly and stand alone is Samuel Beckett 
who is the major avant garde literary personality during that same 
epoch. The difference is that Ulysses is a day while Malloy or one of 
the others of the trilogy is a developmental-relati­onal moment.
Think about it Joe

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Subject: [Hemingway-Book-Club­] Proposed 2012 Hemingway Book Club 
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Fellow Aficionados: 
Here is the first proposal for the 2012 Hemingway Book Club Reading 
Reflecting upon 2011, I feel that Ted did a great job in selecting 
texts-- old Hemingway favorites such as The Nick Adams Stories and The 
Sun Also Rises had deeper meaning after juxtaposing them with 
contrasting texts such as Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio or Ford's The Good 
In keeping with this challenge, I've tried to select books that will be 
interesting in their own right, but will also enhance our enjoyment of 
Here is the proposed list: 
January 2012:  A Farewell to Arms (Hemingway):  I thought it would be 
nice to revisit one of the "core four" of Hemingway's major works.  
February 2012:  All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque): 
An anti-war novel written by a German author, the text deals with 
soldiers who have difficulty adapting to civilian life.   In addition 
to being bound by thematic similarities, the Farewell  and All Quiet 
are connected by their publication schedules; All Quiet was published 
in January 1929 and Farewell being published in May of that year.  
March 2012: The Naked and the Dead (Norman Mailer):  Norman Mailer is 
one of several authors to have been crowned Hemingway's literary heir 
by critics.  This 1948 novel details the 112 Calvary Regiment during 
the Philippines campaign in World War II.  The Modern Library named 
this book 51st on its list of 100 best English-language novels of the 
20th Century.  Hemingway is reported to dislike Mailer.  AE Hochtner 
shared that in his correspondence Hemingway writes:  "The guy who wrote 
The Naked and the Dead—what's his name, Mailer—was in bad need of a 
manager. Can you imagine that a general wouldn't look at the 
co-ordinates on his map? A made-up half-ass literary general. The whole 
book's just diarrhea of the typewriter." April 2012:  Across the River 
and into The Trees (Hemingway): Published in 1950, this text takes 
place on the final day of Colonel Richard Cantwell's life.  Written in 
a postmodern style, the text explores existential themes. 
May 2012:  Look Homeward, Angel (Thomas Wolfe): This 1929 novel is the 
first to be published by the great American author Thomas Wolfe. 
 Faulkner praised him as one of the greatest writers of his generation 
and Jack Kerouac listed him as one of his major influences.  Wolfe is 
connected to Hemingway (and Fitzgerald) because he was published by 
Scribner's and edited by the legendary editor Max Perkins.  June 2012:  
Either skip or review one or two of Hemingway's short stories.  July 
2012:  Ulysses (James Joyce):  Published in 1922 and named #1 on the 
Modern Library's list of 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century, Joyce's 
second novel is at the center of dialogue between all our authors.  The 
text is long and dense, but given two months to read it, I think the 
group can manage.  Additionally the novel takes place on June 16th, so 
the date of the novel should line up closely when we are reading the 
text.  August 2012: True At First Light (Hemingway):  Published 
posthumously in 1999, this text details a [masked] East African Safari 
that Hemingway took with his fourth wife Mary. September 2012: A 
Sportsman's Sketches (Ivan Turgenev):  Published in 1852, this 
collection of short stories was well admired by Russian as well as 
Western Writers.  Hemingway was greatly influenced by Turgenev.  This 
text makes two notable appearances in the Hemingway cannon:  First in 
The Sun Also Rises, Jake chooses to read this text, while drunk, 
"reading the same two pages over several times..."; the Second comes in 
A Movable Feast where this text was one of the first that he borrowed 
 from Sylvia Beach's bookstore. October 2012: Winner Take Nothing 
(Hemingway):  This is Hemingway's 1933 Short Story collection.  It was 
the third collection of stories published as a set (In Our Time in 1925 
and Men Without Women in 1927 preceded it).  November 2012: The Sound 
and the Fury (William Faulkner):  Published in 1929, The Sound and Fury 
was ranked sixth on the list of 100 best English-language novels of the 
20th century.  Faulkner is significant in his own right because of the 
place he holds in American Literary History; he is significant in the 
Hemingway universe due to the competition both writers felt toward one 
another. December 2012: Islands in the Stream (Hemingway): Published in 
1970, Islands in the Stream was the first of the posthumously published 
works.  It details three different stages of the life of the main 
character, Thomas Hudson. Close Calls:  A few texts did not make the 
final cute.  Please let me know if any are appealing to you. 
Tropic of Cancer (Henry Miller)
Passage to India (EM Forster)
Three Solders (John Dos Passos)
On Paris (Hemingway)
A Moveable Feast (Hemingway)


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