Hemingway wrote often about hunting and fishing, war settings, bullfights and boxing, and domestic situations. Readers seem to either love his stories or to hate them. In this course, we will explore the import and highly dramatized tension created by his predominantly objective point of view, frequently in dialogue without any comment by the narrator. We will discuss Hemingway’s fiction and how his life affected his writing. The aim of this course is to introduce some main themes that run throughout Hemingway’s fiction. We will focus on two stories for the first part of each session. Then we will gloss over the other stories for the session, linking them thematically and stylistically to the first two. I will then open the class to comments and questions. You will receive excerpts from The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway in a PDF and the number of pages for each. Most stories are very brief.


Bev Williams

Bev has taught ENGLISH for high school and middle school with a focus on composition, grammar, literature, vocabulary, as well as strategies for study and retention. He has also taught MATH through pre-algebra, and in August, 2019, gave a Faulkner Presentation at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton. An English teacher at the Landon School (Bethesda), the National Cathedral School (Washington, DC), the Lovett School (Atlanta), and the Wakefield School (The Plains), Bev has also been a guest lecturer at Episcopal High School (Alexandria, VA) from 1989-2009. He holds a BA as well as an MA in English: University of Virginia (Charlottesville).

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