I was wondering if you ever have heard about an american author of novels and short storys, with a background of experiences from the world war 1 and 2, and the spanish civil war.
Can you guess who? He was like Lady Gaga in his era, a big celebrity. His best and most known written books are The old man and the Sea (1952), The Sun Also Rises (1926) and A farewell to Arms (1929). Yes it is Ernest Miller Hemingway.
After World War 1, there were several youngsters who lost their youth because of the war. The term ”The lost generation” is used on the young soldiers who participated in the war, and it has become known through literaly works.
The most famous authors who are counted for this group is Ernest Hemingway, Erich Maria Remarque and John Tolkien.
His book ”A farewell to Arms” were based on his story and experiences from World War 1.
His stories had considerable influence on the development of fiction in the 1900s, and as a bonus he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.
Hemingway’s literary characters are often based on dialogue. He relies heavily on realistic dialogue. Hemingway’s book ”A day’s wait” is a good example for exactly a dialogue were each speaker’s words are framed by quotes and the line is indented when someone new is speaking. ”A day’s wait” is also based on actual events in Hemingway’s life.
Hemingway are also very brief and straight to the point. While others write very long sentences, Hemingway came in and stamped on them, with very short sentences.
He also rather using vivid verbs and precise nouns instead of using many adjective and adverbs.
He is one of the most imitated writers of the 1900s. With his special style, and method of dialogue there is no wondering why. Hemingway and other Lost Generation people, were pretty obsessed with a new writing style that were different. And we all can see that they have succeeded.
Thanks, for your attention.