Ernest Hemingway, a Legacy for American Literature

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Ernest Hemingway, A legacy for American Literature
Some say that Hemingway's personal life should disqualify him from the literature canon. They state that his torrent affairs, his alcoholism, and his mental state should preclude him from entry into the canon. These are the very things that help to make Hemingway a unique writer. Although his genre is fiction, he relies on his real life experiences with the people and places that he visited. The very definition of the literary canon disputes these critics. "The authors that represent the literary canon are those that are widely assigned in high school and college classrooms and have had a great influence on other authors. Literary critics and historians frequently and fully discuss
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Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce proclaimed him the next great American novelist. (Burgess)
Hemingway's influence goes beyond the more recognized fiction authors. His tightly written prose is in quite a bit of Western and Crime genre novels by Elmore Leonard. (American Authors) Leonard once said, "I learned by imitating Hemingway… Although, I didn't take myself or anything as seriously as he did." (Qtd. Burgess) Hemingway's impact on Latin American Literature can be seen in the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who imitated Hemingway's view of man's struggle with the sea in many of his novels. Marquez not only emulates Hemingway's view, he also duplicates his writing style. (Burgess)
Hemingway's first three books, Three Stories and Ten Poems (1923), In Our Time (short stories, 1924), and The Torrents of Spring (a novel, 1926), had fascinated critics chiefly because of his literary style. Hemingway's first novel, The Sun Also Rises (1926), won him worldwide fame. A plot less story concerning disheartened refugees in Paris who break away from their boredom with alcohol consumption, fighting, and sex; this novel turned out

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