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

Keith Gandal


This book demonstrates that Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner were motivated, in their famous postwar books, not by their experiences of the horrors of the war but rather by their failure to have those experiences. These “quintessential” male American novelists of the 1920s were all deemed unsuitable as candidates for full military service or command and the result was that they felt themselves “emasculated”: not, as the usual story goes, because of their encounters with trench warfare in a mechanized army, but because either they got nowhere near the trenches or because they got to them in ... More

Keywords: mobilization, World War I, army, modernism, ethnic American, charity girl, intelligence testing, meritocratic, Hemingway, Fitzgerald

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195338911
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Gandal, author
Northern Illinois University
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