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Bones of the Others: The Hemingway Text from the Lost Manuscripts to the Posthumous Novels Hardcover – October 30, 2006

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"There is no work that competes with this.... Every chapter is fresh--and always interesting. The Bones of the Others is a strikingly contemporary way to approach this never-dated modernist. Justice shows how Hemingway got where he was trying to go, perhaps even before he knew the direction himself." -- Linda Wagner-Martin

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Hilary K. Justice is Associate Professor of English Studies at Illinois State University. She holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College, an A.M. from Trinity College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She resides in rural Illinois and Provence.
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  • Hardcover: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (October 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873388755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873388757
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
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Hilary K. Justice, Ph.D., is a university professor who teaches Drama, Fantasy, American and British Literature, and Book History. She is the author of A Groundling's Guide to Shakespeare's Hamlet (Story Spring 2014), The Bones of the Others: The Hemingway Text from the Lost Manuscripts to the Posthumous Novels (Kent State UP 2006), and several scholarly works on American and British Literature.

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In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Ernest Hemingway described the history of an author's life as the shedding of loneliness, which might work to his advantage or detriment. This concise and well written study, which is nonetheless as densely supported by citation as a brief to the Supreme Court, explicates this theme of unease with making the private public through the course of Hemingway's career. In doing so, it constitutes a major new statement in Hemingway studies -- almost a half-century since the writer's death.

In particular, this study extends the thesis of Rose Marie Burwell's research into the writings unpublished at Hemingway's death, showing how each unfinished late book thematically dovetailed into the next. Justice extends this insight beyond those posthumous books, all the way back to the fabled suitcase lost in Paris by Hemingway's first wife Hadley in the 1920s. For Justice, the "Hemingway text" is everything he wrote, yet this declaration is not bombastic but carefully modulated and, again, at every critical point well supported. Sure, you can disagree with it, and the writer does not try to explicate every Hemingway book like some sort of unified field theory. Yet if you are going to argue against this thesis now, you have real work on your hands -- something on the level of a full scale safari, or maybe even a moon landing. Lit crit doesn't get better than this, and the writing is consistently crisp, focused, and intelligent. Pure theory is relegated to appendix or footnotes, and doesn't crowd the text which is topnotch modern English in the same tradition out of which Hemingway wrote in his public voice.

It was fiction which was a risky business for Hemingway, given his Oak Park background and the veritable minefields of his various marriages.
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Coming from a family that sent my father and three of my mother's brothers into the experience of World War I, and launched me into the period of World War II at age 12 as a prospective soldier in the footsteps of my older brother and cousins, Ernest Hemingway's writings about men at war with each other and with nature helped me come of age, acquainted me with some of the rude facts of warfare, and introduced me to the generation that lived through both of our World Wars and the period in between. I wasn't bright enough or sensitive enough to "study" his writings in college, even though I was briefly an English major, but I eventually read everything of his that was published, including the neglected mini-essays he contributed to his superb selection of writings about "Men At War" in the anthology of that title.

In time I came to read on my own -- having given up hopes of graduate school -- a considerable body of the biographic analyses and literary criticisms of Hemingway and his generation of writers, which often raised more questions about where Hemingway's writings came from than they answered.

Hilary Justice, who appears to be THE third-generation Hemingway scholar, has captivated me with her deeply researched and closely examined analysis of how the author came to produce his mature works, based on her examination of what is known about the manuscripts famously lost by his first wife and of the details of his life at the time he was writing those originals and, later, when he was producing the familiar works that derived from them. (I may be drawing conclusions firmer than Ms. Justice's scholarly standards would allow.)

In any case, "The Bones of the Others" will be a delight to any reader of Hemingway, fan or scholar. For the mere reader of fiction who, like me, marvels and wonders at how fiction like Hemingway's is created, the book is a revelation. For the serious scholar, this is lit crit at its best.
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