Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer and journalist. For a serious writer he achieved a rare cult-like popularity during his life time. E. Hemingway was a prolific letter writer and many of his letters were published in “Ernest Hemingway Selected Letters”. The influence of Hemingway`s writings on American literature is considerable and continues today.
E. Hemingway wrote different novels such as “A Farewell to Arms”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “The Old Man and the Sea”, “The Garden of Eden” and others. This author is not only popular but he is something more than this. His name is a token (symbol) of a literary success. He is a “legend”. A lot of people knew about him even those who did not read his books. E. Hemingway`s works of literature were exceptionally attractive.
Impressions of different readers of his books (stories/ novels) may
be different which depends on taste, education, life experience, mood, etc. And as we speak about E. Hemingway and his works, it is worth while mentioning that some readers accept his writings like something written in “dark” colours. E. Hemingway`s, style due to his works, is characterized by economy and understatement. Foundation of the author`s talent lies in the way of the expressiveness of his motives for writing the work beyond the surface contents. Thus, we may speak about the so-called “iceberg” in the writings of the author because the most part of iceberg is under water and the theme is in the hidden contents.
If we take into consideration “Fiesta”, we may speak about the principle of contrast used in this novel. Thus, we see the bright sunny scenes of Spanish Fiesta and impressionistic sketches of noisy Parisian life that sound as tragic dissonance to the emotional state of the characters, who can not force their way through the cover of their loneliness. E. Hemingway`s characters think that life in Paris is exciting but empty. To escape the sophistication and corruption of the city, they travel to more traditional world of Spain.
If we speak about short-stories, for instance, “A Day`s Wait” or “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” or others, we may find out the way of the author`s structure. Usually there are no expositions in the texts in order to plunge into the precise moments of events or atmosphere of the stories. The author demonstrates a subtle feeling of a dialogue and exact description in his short stories. In this story we see E. Hemingway`s attitude which is hostile and unfriendly to wealthy people. And the other interesting moment in the author`s styleis that some moments written in the works are derived from personal experience. And also among the ways of writing is symbolism, for instance, the symbol of a “lion” in the story mentioned above (“The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”).
Thereby, E. Hemingway`s skill in narrative is perfect. His style is clear-cut and elegant. And the works of this author turned out to be the classics of the genre.