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By Linda Wagner-Martin

The 1999 Hemingway centennial marks the ideal time for the reevaluation of his place as America's greatest modernist author. those essays, all written particularly for this assortment, plumb unexplored old info of Hemingway's lifestyles to light up new and infrequently unforeseen dimensions of the strength of his literary accomplishment. Discussing biographical info of his own lifestyles besides the subtleties of his personality, the textual content contains a variety of interesting pictures and photographs.

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Although Agnes found Ernest handsome and entertaining, their relationship loomed larger in his mind than in hers. When he returned to America on January 21, 1919, he thought they were engaged to be married, but in March she wrote, breaking off whatever the relationship might have been, saying that she was far too old for him (Hemingway's First War). In January 1920, still limping from his war wound and trading on his apprenticeship in Kansas City, Hemingway appeared at the Toronto Star desk looking for part-time work.

It is, however, becoming increasingly evident that these three posthumous texts, mixing fact and fiction, engage thematically the role of the artist in modern times and have at their core, for good or ill, the experience of Paris in the 1920s. It was to be a trilogy unlike any other, bringing to closure the experiments begun in Paris twenty-five years earlier. Because these posthumous publications were edited by three different editors, one of whom's credentials included knowing nothing about Hemingway, neither the general reader nor most scholars yet have access to the texts as Hemingway wrote them.

That Hemingway survived this battle was more a matter of chance than of caution on his part (Hemingway Collection Kennedy Library). Sick, weary, his speech slurred from concussion, and his memory temporarily damaged, Hemingway had seen enough of the war. He returned to New York and then to Cuba, where Mary Welsh Monks joined him in May. The following month Hemingway wrecked his car, cutting Mary's face while breaking four of his ribs and reinjuring his head. " In September he filed an uncontested suit for divorce from Martha on the grounds of her desertion.

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