The Bones of the Others: The Hemingway Text from the Lost Manuscripts to the Posthumous Novels
In this work of literary archaeology and criticism, Hilary Justice tells the narrative of Ernest Hemingway's creative process using published and ... Show synopsis In this work of literary archaeology and criticism, Hilary Justice tells the narrative of Ernest Hemingway's creative process using published and archival texts to articulate the connections between his life and writing. In what became The Garden of Eden, Hemingway's character David Bourne identifies his writing process as the creation of a new, forbidden country, asking himself the questions that drove Hemingway's own writing, "So where do you go? I don't know. And what will you find? I don't know. The bones of the others I suppose." Justice's investigations into Hemingway's creative method illuminate the map of Hemingway's forbidden country, revealing his writing as a lifelong simultaneous expression of present and past. Justice locates the power of Hemingway's fiction in this duality--in the paradoxical compulsions toward destruction and creation, lamentation and hope, and fear and love. Tracing his personal writing from the 1920s through the 1950s, Justice restores the lost manuscripts to their rightful place in the Hemingway canon and answers the question of the writer's suicide.